The Benefits of Structured Movement

Did you know that structured movement is crucial for your child’s development? Motor activity is valuable in that it provides the sensory input that helps to organize the learning process. The brain’s mental and social functions are based on a foundation of sensory-motor processes (mind/body connection). The sensory integration that occurs in moving, talking and playing is the groundwork for the more complex sensory integration that is necessary for reading, writing, and good behavior.
Movement activities offer practice in balancing, crossing the mid-line of the body (using both sides of the brain simultaneously), visual perception, and eye-hand/eye-foot coordination. In addition, movement classes provide vestibular stimulation, which affects how efficiently the brain processes information.

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Source: Sensory Integration and the Child. By A. Jean Ayres, PhD, Western Psychological Services.