Developing Your Child's Motor Skills
Jill Mays, author and occupational therapist, will discuss her first book, Your Child’s Motor Development Story: Understanding and Enhancing Development from Birth to Their First Sport, on Wednesday, November 16, at 9:15 a.m. in the Adrian Lamb Room. This event is co-sponsored by the New Canaan Library and The Children's School of Stamford.
Motor development … sensory processing … sensory integration. These topics are the focus of much discussion in the educational world, and while there is a lot of good information out there, there is also a lot of confusion about sensory-motor development in children. What is science telling us definitively about the sensory-motor phase of children’s development? What determines or hinders a child’s ability to integrate the hundreds of thousands of motor and touch experiences that he or she has from birth to age 8? Is there a consensus about what strategies are most effective for parents to use in order to help children boost their integration capacities while advancing their gross and fine motor skills?
Occupational therapist Jill Mays will address these questions while sharing methods that parents can use to play with their children in a way that boosts sensory-motor development. This “toolbox” of strategies and activities enables parents to direct children’s energies so that children have fun while helping them stay focused. Jill has 25-plus years of experience helping children develop their gross and fine motor skills as well as their sensory sorting and integration abilities in school and clinical settings. A keen observer of children, Jill has also arrived at a sophisticated understanding of the relationship between sensory-motor development and a child’s overall emotional well-being.
You can learn more about Jill Mays and her work at www.themotorstory.com.