Learn to Move, Move to Learn: Sensorimotor Early Childhood Activity Themes by Jenny Clark OTR/L

Learn to Move, Move to Learn: Sensorimotor Early Childhood Activity Themes by Jenny Clark OTR/L

Are you wondering what “Sensorimotor” refers to? The first time the term sensorimotor was used was in 1855! Sensory + motor = Sensorimotor of, relating to, or functioning in both sensory and motor aspects of bodily activity. Think of how an infant learns about the world. An infant makes sense of his surroundings by sensory perceptions and motor activities.

This posts introduces a wealth of resources  by Jenny Clark, OTR/L, BCP  to implement a sensory integration program for those who work with children. Occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech language pathologists, teachers, aids, and other educators working with young children in early childhood settings will find practical sensorimotor interventions that can be easily implemented in an inclusive classroom or at home!

The activities in Jenny Clark’s products are for an inclusive setting of both kids who need help with their sensory processing and typically developing peers. Special Needs Book Review congratulates Jenny Clark on her books, DVD, CD, and for the many publications she has been published in.

  • Learn to Move, Move to Learn: Sensorimotor Early Childhood Activity Themes 
  • Learn to Move: Dinosaurs 
  • Learn to Move, Moving Up! Sensorimotor Elementary-School Activity Themes
  • Learn to Move, Move to Learn, Dinosaurs –  DVD with step-by-step demonstration of one lesson in Learn to Move, Move to Learn
  • Sing, Move, Learn – Audio Music CD

Jenny Clark told us she saw a need to establish a curriculum for best practice occupational therapy services in preschool and early childhood settings that would dovetail with children’s OT clinical experiences. She wanted to provide a structure that can be implemented by special education teachers and helpers without extensive retraining, allow for open-ended adaptation for expressing creativity, while assuring that concept goals are met. Ms Clark also acknowledged the trend to implement inclusive classrooms to improve socialization without hampering academic progress while promoting holistic and trans-disciplinary learning.

Guest Post by Jenny Clark,OTR/L, BCP

About Learn to Move, Move to Learn:

Sensorimotor Early Childhood Activity Themes

Learn to Move, Move to Learn: Sensorimotor Early Childhood Activity Themes (AAPC 2004) is a book that provides educators with useful tools to implement a sensory integration program in early childhood settings. The Learn to Move, Move to Learn program implements activities to stimulate the sensory systems in a developmentally organized manner, thus improving sensory integration over time.

To that end, Jenny Clark (Brack) has created an evidenced-based curriculum that provides for constructive therapeutic activities within the school environment that is easy to implement and fun for the children. Within each lesson plan are activity selections that follow a sensory developmental sequence based on Ayres sensory integration frame of reference.

These (seven) sequenced activities are foundational for each lesson in the curriculum.  Beginning with a warm-up exercise, the students continue in order with a vestibular activity, then a proprioceptive activity, a balance activity, eye-hand coordination activity, then a cool down activity, finishing with a fine motor activity. This predictable format allows children having difficulty with transitions to feel comfortable, no matter what lesson is presented.

Each group session is theme and literature based. This means that all seven activities pertain to the selected theme, allowing interesting and cohesive learning across all domains and disciplines.  By teaching through repetition and involvement with enjoyable and interesting topics for children, these lesson plans also promote speech and language acquisition, social skills, as well as cognitive development.

A trans-disciplinary approach is used allowing team members to collaborate and share rules. All group activities are performed in an inclusive environment with both children experiencing sensory integration issues and typically developing peers. The entire class can participate within their natural school classroom environment allowing for more carry-over in other settings.

This book is chock full of themes with recommended activities.  The collection can also be augmented by teachers with their own themes.  A comprehensive Children’s Book List recommended for the themes can be found at at spdconnection.com

Buy Learn to Move, Move to Learn: Sensorimotor Early Childhood Activity Themes Amazon.com   Amazon.ca   AAPC Publishing

Learn to Move, Moving Up! Sensorimotor Elementary-School Activity Themes by Jenny Clark*Additional Resources for the above book

Additional themes with suggested lesson plans follow in Jenny’s second book Learn to Move, Moving Up! Sensorimotor Elementary-School Activity Themes.

Following the same structure and philosophy as her first book, Learn to Move, Move to Learn: Sensorimotor Early Childhood Activity Themes, it focuses on elementary-school age students with sensory processing disorders. In a comprehensive introduction that covers current trends in education and occupational therapy, this book overviews many evidence-based practices for school implementation, including yoga, music, and Speed Stacks. Throughout, the emphasis is on involving the child’s team for the best possible outcomes. The centerpiece of the book consists of 30 sensorimotor, theme-based lesson plans that include literacy and curriculum suggestions for teachers, and ways that they can be incorporated into busy elementary school schedules and environments.

Buy Learn to Move, Moving Up! Sensorimotor Elementary-School Activity Themes Amazon.com   Amazon.ca   AAPC Publishing 

Learn to Move, Move to Learn, Dinosaurs is a DVD complimentary to the above books, demonstrating a complete lesson plan on the theme of dinosaurs.  It brings to life the actual sequenced activities and illustrates the challenges faced by the educational team.  It shows how children respond and gives an idea of how you might implement this program in your school.

Buy Learn to Move, Move to Learn, Dinosaurs – DVD  Amazon.com   Amazon.ca   AAPC Publishing 

Sing, Move, Learn is an Audio CD that adds fun and structure to therapeutic lessons for children with Sensory Processing Disorder. Designed to follow along with the above of Jenny’s educational materials, every parent and teacher won’t want to be without it.

Buy Sing, Move, Learn Music CD    Amazon.com   Amazon.ca   AAPC Publishing 

Learn To Move Starter Kit - Sensorimotor Early Childhood Activity Themes by Jenny Clark OTR/L

Learn To Move Starter Kit

An Itinerant Kit…Ready to Roll! You’ll love this starter kit recommended by Jenny for the Learn to Move, Move to Learn program. This kit can be used on its own or with the program. An Activity Guide is included. The kit fits nicely in the Big Red Megabag, available separately.

Learn To Move Starter Kit ItemsSTARTER KIT CONTAINS:

  • Super Crawl tunnel
  • Step-N-Stones
  • Two 12″ (30cm) scooters
  • 6″ (15cm) SuccessBall set of 6
  • Square Gripper bean bags
  • CANDO no latex bands
  • Green Yuk-E-Ball
  • Giant Slo-Mo Ball
  • Spot markers
  • Parachute

Buy Learn to Move Starter Kit  store.schoolspecialty.com  Jenny’s Kids, Inc.

Seminar

For school systems wanting to implement a training seminar on the Learn To Move program, Jenny Clark is available for in-service seminars that provide continuing education credit.

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About the Author

Jenny Clark's Professional portrait by S. Campbell - Jenny Clark, OTR/L, BCP (AOTA Board Certification in Pediatrics), is a licensed pediatric occupational therapistJenny Clark, OTR/L, BCP (AOTA Board Certification in Pediatrics), is a licensed pediatric occupational therapist with over 22 years experience working as a school-based occupational therapist, independent contractor for early intervention services, private practitioner, speaker, consultant, author, and inventor.

Jenny currently owns a pediatric therapy private practice, Jenny’s Kids, Inc.

Jenny is the author of the best-selling book on sensory processing entitled Learn to Move, Move to Learn: Sensorimotor Early Childhood Activity Themes (AAPC 2004), (Starter Kit available).

More recently Ms Clark has written a sequel Learn to Move, Moving Up! Sensorimotor Elementary School Activity Themes (AAPC 2009).

In addition, she has published two DVD’s

Jenny’s newest publication is a music CD, Sing, Move, Learn (AAPC 2010), which accompanies the songs in her first book.

Ms. Clark is a contributing author for the book Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Handbook for Parents and Professionals (Greenwood Publishing Group 2007), as well as a chapter author for Autism Spectrum Disorders: Foundations, Characteristics, and Effective Strategies. (Pearson Publishing 2011 by Boutot & Myles). WeighCool Bracelet invented by Jenny Clark

Jenny is the inventor of the Patent-Pending “Weigh” Cool Bracelet.

Jenny has spoken both nationally and internationally on a variety of topics, including sensory integration/processing.

She received her bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy and graduated with distinction from the University of Kansas.

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This post was written by Lorna
Lorna d’Entremont: Co-owner of SentioLife Solutions, Ltd. the company behind KidCompanions Chewelry (2007) and SentioCHEWS (2013), mother of three, grandma of 5 and wife. She is a retired teacher and special needs advocate. Throughout she has taught all levels from grade 2 to grade 9. Lorna loved teaching and enjoyed seeing the students progress in the school system. During her 30 year career she took a few years off to raise her three children.
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