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Sensory Integration Disorder, problems with motor coordination

Signs and Symptoms

  • Exhibits poor balance; may appear clumsy; may frequently stumble

  • Shows difficulty with motor planning. May break things or choose toys that do not require skilled manipulation

  • Demonstrates inability to coordinate both sides of the body

  • Has poor hand-eye coordination

  • Exhibits weakness in the ability to organize self and belongings

  • Shows possible sensitivity to touch. Irritated by scratchy, rough, tight or heavy clothing

  • May be distressed by loud noises or constant noises like the ticking of a clock or someone tapping a pencil

  • Has difficulty with fine motor tasks such as colouring between the lines, putting puzzles together; cutting accurately or pasting neatly

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General Strategies

  • Pre-set students for touch with verbal prompts, “I'm going to touch your right hand.”

  • Avoid touching from behind or getting too close and make sure peers are aware of this

  • Provide a quiet place, without auditory or visual distractions, for testing, silent reading or work that requires great concentration

  • Warn the student when bells will ring or if a fire drill is scheduled

  • Whisper when working one to one with the child

  • Allow parents to provide earplugs for noisy events such as assemblies

  • Make sure the parent knows about what is observed about the student in the classroom

  • Refer student for occupational therapy or sensory integration training

  • Be cognizant of light and light sources that may be irritating to child

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