Children with sensory processing and motor control issues often lack antigravity postural control and core musculature development. Treatment focuses on developing these core skills through specific exercises and inviting activities that encourage a child’s active participation. Emphasis in treatment is placed on activating core musculature to achieve deeper respiration and to increase core strength and endurance. According to Frick and Kawar , the goal is to develop the deep muscles (those closest to the bone), especially the muscles providing three dimensional support around the central vertical axis of the head, neck, and trunk. It is important to maintain a continuous flow of breath with focus on the exhale during core activation so as to coordinate movement with breath. When the deep muscles are engaged, postural control and breath support are effortless since minimal conscious effort is required. Thus, surface muscles, designed for skill, are released from undesirable “fixing” and are able to function according to their natural design. When the body moves with ease and fluidity, the child is free to creatively and independently execute complex reasoning for communication, problem solving, organizing, and executing life tasks and roles.
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