Common Terms Defined:


Gross Motor - Large movements your child makes with their arms, legs, feet, or his entire body; examples are rolling, crawling, walking, running, jumping, catching, and throwing 

Fine Motor - Smaller movements that occur in the wrists, hands, fingers, feet and toes; examples are writing, holding small items, buttoning clothing, turning pages, eating, cutting with scissors, and using computer keyboards

Sensory Processing - Refers to the way the brain and nervous system receives messages from the senses (ears, nose, mouth, touch) and turns them into responses

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) - Occurs when the brain has trouble receiving and responding to information that comes in through the senses (ears, nose, mouth, touch).  The brain has difficulty organizing the information and  atypical responses may occur for example; bothered by loud sounds, frequently putting non food items in their mouth, bothered by tags in clothes, constantly touching walls/furniture/others 

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)-  results in persistent inattention, hyperactivity, and sometimes impulsivity

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) -  a developmental disorder that involves impairments in social interaction and communication, challenges with sensory processing, and repetitive behaviors.  This is diagnosed by a physician and individuals span a wide range of severity.