Task Oriented and Solution Focused Movement Therapy

Introduction to the SFC-peds practice model

Tutorials in TOMT SF-EI 
A series of tutorials to enhance knowledge and skills in EI 

Shaping the environment for active engagement 
Games to promote infant engagement 

Knowing how to motivate infants to move, explore and engage with the social and physical environment at different ages and levels of ability is an essential tool in the therapist's kit and often is the game breaker.


Infant perceptual-motor development and assessment  

  1. Newborn infant: development  (includes PDF) 
  2. Infant at 2-6 months: assessment 
  3. Sitting: development, assessment and intervention
  4. Standing: development, assessment, intervention 

Family centered therapy and models for intervention 

Working with children 

  1. Start with abilities, not impairments and disabilities
  2. Enriched environments for promoting development 
  3. Temperament, motivation and activity levels 
  4. Engaging infants and children: mirroring, building trust
  5. All therapy should be grounded in a positive relationship

Understanding motor development and control 

  1. Infant perceptual-motor development is shaped by experience 
  2. Learning through repeated cycles of perception and action 
  3. The infants's emerging sense of body and self
  4. Variability is needed for learning new adaptive perceptual-motor  behavior 
  5. Ways to enhance infant perceptual-motor development 
  6. Attention is the magic ingredient for learning new hand (fine motor) skills

Common developmental disorders 

Disorders of the neuromuscular systems 

  1. Low muscles tone 
  2. Joint hypermobility 
  3. Femoral anteversion 
  4. Developmental hip dysplasia 
  5. Club foot - muscle imbalance  
  6. Idiopathic toe walking 

Disorders related to atypical brain development 

  1. Pre-term birth 
  2. Cerebral palsy 
  3. Cortical visual impairment 
  4. Global developmental delay 
  5. Living with HIV
  6. Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs)
  7. Infants with Prenatal Substance Exposure
  8. Autism  
  9. Down syndrome 
  10. Developmental coordination disorder 
  11. Genetic disorders