Psycho-motor Therapy

May 6, 2019

  • Psychomotor therapy aims to support and aid an individual’s personal development. It is based on a global view of human beings that considers each individual as a unity of physical, emotional and cognitive actualities, which interact with each other and the surrounding social environment.
  • Psychomotor specialists study the body and its expressivity. The body is regarded not merely as a mechanism with neurophysiological developments, but also as a thing with deep-rooted emotional traits, which have come about through motor, sensory and emotional experiences, particularly in early-childhood.

A child will benefit from psycho-motor therapy intervention if they present with any of the following:

  • Early Psycho-motor development delay (for infants)
  • Motor difficulties (gross/fine motor skills)
  • Unusually high or low activity level, (always active or difficulties with attending)
  • Unusual fear of movement/heights
  • Excessive craving of rough play and/or lack of safety awareness
  • Unusual play habits and skills or messy play
  • Unusual avoidance of touch or eye contact
  • Lack of hand preference
  • Poor handwriting/slow written output
  • Difficulty with self-care activities including: brushing teeth, combing hair, buttoning a shirt, tying shoes, using utensils such as a spoon or fork.
  • Delays in speech (children who have delays in speech often demonstrate Psychomotor difficulties affecting their motor coordination and their cognitive skills)
  • Difficulties with cognitive tasks such as following instructions, problem solving and visual organization.
  • Delay with drawing skills, copying shapes or letters
  • Lack of knowledge in space and time concepts
  • Short attention span

PMT focuses on:

  • Gross and fine motor skills
  • Lateral dominance
  • Sensory processing
  • Cognitive abilities: visual attention, visual memory, planning and problem solving, visual analysis
  • Space and time concepts
  • Hand writing skills
  • Emotional history affecting activity level, behavior, interaction and cognitive skills (visual attention, memory, planning and problem solving, visual analysis)
  • Muscle tone regulation