Sensory Processing: Posture

Sensory Processing is the ‘why’ behind the ‘what’ of Autism Spectrum Disorders. We understand the world around us through our senses. This blog will focus on posture: poor muscle tone and / or coordination.

Poor Muscle Tone and / or Coordination:
  • Has a limp, "floppy" body
  • Frequently slumps, lies down, and / or leans head on hand or arm while working at his / her desk
  • Difficulty simultaneously lifting head, arms, and legs off the floor while lying on stomach ("superman" position)
  • Often sits in a "W sit" position on the floor to stabilize body
  • Tires easily!
  • Compensates for "looseness" by grasping objects tightly
  • Difficulty turning doorknobs, handles, opening and closing items
  • Difficulty catching himself / herself if falling
  • Difficulty getting dressed and doing fasteners, zippers, and buttons
  • May have never crawled as a baby
  • Has poor body awareness; bumps into things, knocks things over, trips, and / or appears clumsy
  • Poor gross motor skills; jumping, catching a ball, jumping jacks, climbing a ladder etc.
  • Poor fine motor skills; difficulty using "tools", such as pencils, silverware, combs, scissors  
  • May appear ambidextrous, frequently switching hands for coloring, cutting, writing etc.; does not have an established hand preference / dominance by 4 or 5 years old
  • Has difficulty licking an ice cream cone
  • Seems to be unsure about how to move body during movement, for example, stepping over something
  • Difficulty learning exercise or dance steps

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