Motor Labs and Sensory Paths
Every year, students exhibit increased challenges in motor skills, attention, visual skills, and behavior. Research also indicates an increase in childhood obesity. The addition of school-wide movement initiatives, such as motor labs and sensory paths, can promote healthy school climates needed for learning. School-based occupational therapists have the expertise to increase participation in school routines and design programs to improve function and inclusion. It is their responsibility to collaborate with a variety of school partners to support student success and contribute to both general and special education. This course reviews the research to encourage using these school-wide movement initiatives. It also provides specific strategies for adding motor labs and sensory paths into your school environment.
- List examples of school-wide movement initiatives.
- Recognize the difference between a motor lab and a sensory path.
- Describe the essential components of a motor lab.
- Identify options for designing a sensory path.
Target Audience: introductory- to intermediate-level OTs, OTAs, and teachers
Course Instructor: Kim Wiggins, OTR/L
Learning Assessment: Objective post-test
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