Simply put, sensory motor skills represent
the relationship between Sensory Skills and Motor Skills.
Brains process the information our senses receive so we can act accordingly (i.e. if we have been sitting for a long period of time, we have to stretch, move or go for a walk). If a student has difficulties processing this information, they may feel overwhelmed, anxious or exhibit emotional behaviors (meltdown and/or shutdown, for example). In young children we often see avoidance or refusal to participate.
Such difficulties can have a significant influence on a child’s ability to function in kindergarten. All the sensory systems have to develop, including processing and integration of sensations, to ensure optimal development of the children in your class. This will ensure that they are ready for the complex tasks waiting in Year 1. Many studies have indicated how important the foundational years are and what happens in kindergarten is often a predictor of how well a child will cope in school. The sensory motor skills have been identified as the foundation for the development of visual and auditory perception. Visual and auditory perception is crucial for reading, writing and fine motor tasks.