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Teaching Children with Sensory Motor Integration Deficits

By Anthony Kane, MD

Sensory motor integration deficits are fairly common in both children and adults. The following is a list of tips for teachers who have children with sensory processing disorders.

General Strategies

Have the child line up in the back of the line to minimize physical contact with others.

For Children who Have Sensitivity to Touch

Many children who are sensitive to light touch prefer firm pressure. This helps to relax them. The following tips will help them:

Allow the child to sit on an air cushion pillow that is slightly filled with air. This allows for movement without the child leaving his desk.

Keep Reading

Some children do better if they are able to stimulate their mouths or hands. Here are some things you can do to help these children.

Some Things to Remember

Children with sensory processing disorders experience the world differently. They may have extreme discomfort or pain from sensations that other people might find pleasant. This is a functional disorder. Remember it is not the child's fault, nor can he control the problem.

© Anthony Kane, MD
Anthony Kane, MD is a physician, an international lecturer, and director of special education. He is the author of a book, numerous articles, and a number of online courses dealing with ADHD, ODD, parenting issues, and education. Visit his website, ADD ADHD Advances at Sign up for the free ADD ADHD Advances online journal. Send a blank email to:


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