Concepts in motor control and development

Building the case for a principled, systematic and structured approach to early intervention


Highlighted this week 

Assessment of Supported Standing - A Task Oriented Approach 
The TOMT 0-3 Assessment of Standing with Support includes assessment of the infant's trunk and LE alignment, as well as a description of the increasing levels of control of balance needed for reaching and stepping. 

The assessment allows the therapist to identify the constraints in the task-child interface, and from there to design interventions to help the infant explore different options for acquiring improved adaptive postural (stability and balance) responses. 

You can also download a Standing with Chest High Support checklist. 

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A principled, systematic and structured approach to early intervention

Building the case for a principled approach to EI
Four principles we can all agree on, and one important idea that is often neglected


Notes on theory 
Affordances 
Postural sway as exploratory behavior  
Concept of savings and priors  
A guide to infant object exploration 
From exploration to task oriented action 

For subscribers From theory to practice 

Infants and toddlers 
Hand tasks 
Shaking toys: exploring the boundaries of rapid repeated actions 
Young children 
Crossing the midline - a matter of trunk stability and motor planning
Bilateral coordination 
Planning for end state comfort 
Looking ahead: visual pickup for planning a walking path
Cutting with scissors 
Putting on socks