Apr 28, 2011 by Martha Burns, Ph.D

Sensory-motor development

Spring is always a busy time of year for our private providers who are ramping up to serve Scientific Learning adaptive learning software to more children and their families over the summer months.  So, we like to bring our private providers together with some of our most inspiring speakers at the annual Visionary Conference for a weekend full of engaged learning. 

This year's Visionary Conference was so jam packed with great content, I've been chomping at the bit to share some of it with the rest of you.  One presentationthat received rave feedback was by Cheryl Chia of BrainFit Studio, one of our international VARs from Singapore. She presented on sensory-motor development and learning in children. BrainFit Studiois located in Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia.

Cheryl’s team has developed programs for children to improve sensory-motor abilities and have a positive impact on their learning abilities and academic performance. She focuses on three aspects of brain fitness. The first two, Sensory-Motor and Visual Brain Fitness, she calls the “pillars” of her intervention: SMART Moves and SMART Vision. SMARTMoves, the Sensory-Motor pillar emphasizes proprioception ( the automatic awareness of the positions of our arms and legs), tactile sensation, and the vestibular system (balance and posture). SMART vision, the Visual Brain Fitness pillar, includes visual spatial perception, and visual memory—skills that are essential for handwriting and courses with spatial concepts, like geometry. Visual ability is also important for team sports and social skills. 

The third pillar is Computer-Assisted Brain Fitness Training that includes the Fast ForWord®family of products.

Cheryl shared her assessment protocol, a “cognitive map” prepared for each child that focuses on the three pillars. The cognitive map is used for determining which pillars to emphasize for each child.

View the full presentationto see video of the types of activities the children participate in under each BrainFit pillar and the outcome data. 

I hope you find it as compelling as I did!

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