Motor development and psychological development are dynamically intertwined in early childhood.
Motor development is essentially psychological. In this conversation, Renee Allen and I discuss the idea that motor development informed by sensation allows us to act on the world in the context of culture and relationship and ultimately enables skill acquisition across both motor and psychological milestones. Using clinical examples, they unpack what motor development challenges can tell us about a child’s sensory and psychological development.
Resources mentioned In this episode:
- Adolph, Karen E, & Hoch, Justine E. (2019). Motor Development: Embodied, Embedded, Enculturated, and Enabling. Annual Review of Psychology, 70(1), 141-164.
- Bialer, D., & Miller, L.J. (2011). No longer A SECRET: Unique common strategies for children with sensory or motor challenges. Sensory World.
Learn more about Renee Allen and The STAR Institute at www.sensoryhealth.org