Postural/Core Development

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.

Upcoming Events

Preschool Play Group

Children aged 3-5. Class limited to 6.

When: Fridays 8:45-10 for 8 weeks beginning Sept 27, 2019

Instructor: Lara Levine, MOTR/L  For more info go to our Groups page.  Please be sure to register online!

Wired to Learn: Sensory based strategies to help kids grow.

Participants: For teachers, parents, caregivers and other child professionals.

When: October 12th, 9 to 3pm.  

Where: Radisson-Portland  

Cost: $150

Instructors:  Sharron Donnelly & Lara Levine

Sign up at: 360-885-4684

For more info click here.

Listening with the Whole Body

Participants: For therapists who have a background in sensory integration.

When: October 25-26th, 8 to 4:30pm.   

Instructors:  Sharron Donnelly, MS, OTR/L

For more info and registration form click here.

Free Fall Sensory PDX Classes

The Misunderstood Child: Understanding and Treating Sensory Processing Disorders

When: October 17, 2019 

Instructors:  Sharron Donnelly, MS, OTR/L

For more info and registration form click here.

 

Problem Solving Sensory Strategies for Home + School

When: November 21, 2019

For more info and registration click here.

 

Parent Support Groups

APT partners with Swindell's Resource Center to provide Sensory Seminars PDX once a month at Providence. For more info go to: oregon.providence.org/news-and-events  to view next event.  Please be sure to register online!

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