Using, and training, the haller method for influencing neuroplasticity
Pediatric Occupational Therapy Clinic
Summer Sensory Motor Program
If a child’s vestibular, proprioceptive, tactile, visual, and auditory systems have not developed properly, they will fail to support the child’s attempts to learn academic work, sit still, pay attention, complete tasks, and learn appropriate social behaviors. Current brain research shows movement is the key to rewiring and integrating brain and body functions for improved learning outcomes.
In our Sensory Motor Program, a personal coach will guide each student through an intensive one-on-two program designed to train the sensorimotor system in balance, coordination, rhythm, sequencing, mindfulness and focus/attention. The activities and body exercises strengthen thinking and sequencing abilities that prepare the brain to learn. The result is that students improve reading and comprehension levels, math scores, better grades and improved behavior.
This is different to the Individualised Occupational Therapy Programs we offer in that the exercises are already part of a set curriculum. The goals include consolidating the progress made in the indivulalised OT sessions and providing an way for kids that just need a little help to have access to it.
If children start with this program (not having done OT) and we find that they are not managing to make the progress that they should be, more intense interventions may be necessary and since we have that available through OT, we will make the appropriate referral.