Gross Motor Skills refers to the abilities required in order to control the large muscles of the body for running, walking, sitting, crawling, swimming and other activities involving moving yourself through the environment. The basic skill of movement begins very early during infancy. Though we may assume it is a childhood developmental need, the truth is that motor development is beneficial throughout our lives. A multi-sensory environment can help in both physical therapy and in encouraging gross motor development in a safe, secure, non-competitive environment. A dedicated soft play room is a wonderful place to develop gross motor skills, sensory integration, co-ordination and control. An interactive soft play environment where users receive audial or visual rewards for movement and interaction can provide additional motivation to even the most reluctant user. Within the confines of a safe and secure, yet highly interactive and responsive environment, the practicing of gross motor movements is highly rewarded and so more easily encouraged and developed.
For people with physical difficulties, including conditions such as cerebral palsy, physical therapy is hugely important for helping with the development of gross motor skills. Dependant on the needs and abilities of your users, an interactive sensory room can provide highly motivating sensory rewards for engaging in physical therapy. Immersive rooms with touch sensitive wall and floor projections in particular, can encourage full body interaction with the scenario and lesson. A sensory hydrotherapy pool can also help develop gross motor skills, whilst being easier on the joints and at the same time helping to strengthen muscles. All the sensory solutions listed below are suitable for the development of gross motor skills. Alternatively, if you'd like to speak to someone about setting up a specific environment, contact our sensory experts today.