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The Science

Behind the Pathways

Embrace Whole Body Learning through Movement Maze’s Active Ability Solution

Regulation through

The Sensory System

The sensory system is made up of the brain, spinal cord and neurons which link sensory information from the body to the brain and work together to create an optimal level of arousal for every day functioning. The brain and the sensory system is like a muscle in the body, it takes time, repetitive exposure, practice and learning to develop the ability to maintain regulation through different ativities. Children often need more movement and opportunities and practice in order to develop sensory and emotional regulation.

The body has 8 different senses that it recieves information through and children rely on the body senses to help improve and build body strength and ability to learn.

Movement Maze Sensory Processing System
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Sight

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Touch

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Taste

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Hearing

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Smell

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Proprioception

(joint position sense)

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Vestibular

(sense of movement in relation to gravity from the inner ears)

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Interoceptive

(sense of internal awareness – hunger, thirst)

All information that flows into our brain comes from our sensory systems. It tells us about our surroundings such as noise, texture, weather, people and smell as well as infomraiton about our bodies like movement and body position.

From this infomraiton, our brain then devides how to respond in relation to our surroundings. It is a complex system and these decisions, happen all day, with every movement and every change and somewhat seemlessly for many children. However, for a child that’s brain struggles to organise all this infomration, the result is a like a traffic jam in their brain and an inability to respond in the appropriate way.

In order to help these children to organise their responses, they need the opportunity to have rhythmical, repetitive and consistent sensory stimulus through their joints and muscles (proprioceptive system), their inner ear (vestibular system) and body (interoception) to create a calm brain that allows them to adapt to the ever changing demands of their environment. 

Koscinski C (2017): Sensorimotor Interventions: Using Movement to Improve Overall Body Function. Sensory World, Future Horizons.

Movement Maze Sensory Processing System

Sensory Regulation for Children

Whats the Big Deal?

A child who is struggling to sit still in class can often show signs of being easile frustrated, have poor handwritting, is easily worried and distracted as well as being impulsive and irrational. They have difficulty with focus and organisation and can be insistant on routines to help manage the chaos that is inside of them.

These signs indicate that this child is deregulated yet their behaviours are often seen to be naughty and disruptive.  Behavioral management strategies don’t work in these cases, the children become more upset, more frustrated and more unsettled which causes an escalation in behaviour.

What a deregulated child really needs, is the opportunity to participate in sensory regulation activities that help to realign their bodies and brains which calms the nervous system and opens pathways for learning.  Movement is a powerhouse in regulation and has the ability to calm the brain and open pathways for docus, attention and learning. But… not all movement is made equal – some movements will alert children, some will calmthe down, some can make them really over stimulated and some are just right. SO…. How do we choose the RIGHT movement for these children?? Simple – let us do the hard work!!

Children

Should be using all 8 senses to optimise learning and neuroplasticity (changes in the brain!). The Movement Maze really works to develop and tap into your proprioceptive and vestibular senses.

Proprioception

Is improtant for balance and movement control to be aware of where your body is in space without being able to see it. Joint receptors can be sitimulated with deep pressure through movement and weighted activities.

The vestibular system

Is a powerhouse for attention and level of alertness. It detects movement in the body and feeds forward information to the brain which can have regulatory or stimlatory effects on function. Rhythmic movement provides regular, repetitive sensory infromation to the brain which helps to calm and focus. Rotational movement and lots of up/down transitions can stimulate the brain improving levels of alertness which also improve muscle activation and ability to move.

The Movement Maze

really works to develop and tap into your proprioceptive and vestibular senses. They are very important for movement development, strength, sensory regulation and concentration.  

Core stability tasks
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Improves functional strength

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Leads to improved sitting and posture

upper limb weight bearing tasks
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Increase shoulder girdle muscle activation

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Improves fine motor control and hand writting

Jumping
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Increases proprioceptive feedback

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Improves balance and body awareness

Rotation tasks
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Increase vestibular input

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Improving levels of alertness in the muscles and brain

Fundamental skills based tasks
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Build motor ability and muscle strength

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Translate to participation in performance and skills in sport, play and movement

Complex patterns and sequences
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Builds motor planning pathways in the brain

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Develops executive functioning and motor patterns for co-ordination

Impact landing activities
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Builds calcium deposition in bones along stress lines

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Reducing fracture risk

Head down, bottom up and mindfulness activities
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Help calm the Parasympathetic Nervous System

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Reduces fight and flight thereby creating calmness and focus so children are ready to learn

Refocus attention and improve learning through

Active Movement Reglation Activities

At Movement Maze, we investigate and understand take the science and integrated this with the knowledge of expereinced therapists, the learning curves of many children and many hours of practice to create a product that takes works! Movement Maze is an easy to use, interactive and fun play based activity that will get the right amount of movement and sensory stimulation to help your students. We then give you the magic wand and the spells that work so you can help your students to turn into a prince instead of a hyperactive, deregulated and cheeky frog.

Embrace Whole Body Learning through Movement Maze’s Active Ability Solution

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Designed by a Physiotherapist with experience working with children and people with disabilities. Endorsed by Allied Health Team of Occupational Therapists and Speech Therapists to optimize Multi-Sensory Learning Opportunities.

Ideal Uses

Schools

Creche

Daycares

Therapy Clinics

Airport Waiting Zones

Hospital Corridors