Psychomotor Therapy

Psychomotor Therapy is a technique that helps in developing good coordination of movements, balance, as well as improving a child’s motor skills: gross motor skills (movements of the whole body) and fine motor skills (movements of fingers and hands). It is also a technique that helps some children write better in order to improve their writing’s legibility. Successful movement and balance skills are crucial for a child’s psychomotor development. Children who have week psychomotor skills tend to have low self-confidence as adults; this is why the earlier the treatment starts the better the results are in the future.

The psychomotor therapist assesses difficulties in the development of motor competencies and, where necessary, provides treatment. Psychomotor therapy may be advisable when the child/young person has difficulty in developing movement and sensory skills and in interacting with others.

Examples of these difficulties can include:

  1. Problems with motor coordination, eg balance, clumsiness.
  2. Difficulties with controlling the tonicity of muscles (tonus), eg tension.
  3. Difficulties with fine motor abilities, eg when using scissors, doing woodwork, crafts, building.
  4. Spatial and time perception difficulty.
  5. Problems with handwriting, eg pencil grasp, placing too little or too much pressure on the pen/pencil, handwriting movements and processes that are not automatic to the child, uncertainty in the formation of letters, difficulty learning how to write.
  6. If the interrelationships between perception, thinking, feeling and acting are not balanced, impaired psychomotor skill development can include:
  7. Difficulties in communications
  8. Behavioral problems (restlessness, aggression, impulsive, opposition …)
  9. Attentiveness disorder


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