The principles of the psychomotor assessment

A psychomotor assessment is an assessment carried out by a psychomotor professional, called a psychomotor therapist. This assessment aims to assess the psychomotor skills and difficulties of a person, whether a child, a teenager, an adult or even an elderly person.

If you would like to discover the principles of psychomotor assessment, The COP9 team invites you to continue reading!

What is a

psychomotor assessment?

The psychomotor assessment is an evaluation of the patient’s sensory, practical, kinesthetic, gnostic and relational potentials.

 

 

Psychomotricity is a discipline that lies at the crossroads of psychology and motor skills.

 

It involves the interaction between the psyche and the body, and highlights the importance of motor functions in the global development of a person. Motor skills, on the other hand, concerns body movements and the ability to coordinate and control these movements.

 

The psychomotor assessment is carried out by our psychomotor therapist Emilie Regard.

A state diploma issued by the Ministry of Health is necessary to practice this profession. This training includes theoretical and practical lessons about the notions of psychomotor development, psychomotor disorders, psychomotor therapy, psychomotor pathologies.

How does the psychomotor therapist

analyze the psychomotor assessment?

Our psychomotor therapist, Emilie Regard, combines qualitative observations (behavioral particularities, emotional reactions, body ease, etc.) with quantitative data (ratings and numerical results from different standardized tests aimed at evaluating certain psychomotor areas).

 

Consideration of the results of the different tests allows interpretation (giving meaning to the results) while situating the person according to their age with regard to a standard.

 

The psychomotor assessment is a snapshot at a “T” moment of the child’s development which evolves from day to day.

Depending on the field, the ratings make it possible to situate a result such as:

 

  • above the average age of the child;

  • consistent with expected performance;

  • slightly below expected performance (we will speak of a “zone of fragility”, which may suggest a slight deficit to be monitored);

  • significantly below expected performance (we will speak of a “pathological zone”, which may suggest a disorder as well as appropriate treatment).

What psychomotor functions are assessed during a psychomotor assessment?

During the assessment, different psychomotor functions will be assessed:

 

The psychomotor assessment therefore makes it possible to assess a person’s different motor and psychological skills.

It focuses in particular on aspects such as psychomotor relaxation, inhibition, body expression, body image, etc.

How does a psychomotor therapist

carry out the psychomotor assessment?

To carry out this assessment, the psychomotor therapist uses different techniques and tools, such as psychomotor tests, sensory stimulation exercises, observations of behavior and interactions.

These different approaches allow the professional to identify possible psychomotor disorders, developmental delay, learning difficulties and disorders, coordination disorders, attention deficits, DYS, hyperactivity, behavior disorders, etc.

 

Once the psychomotor assessment has been carried out, the psychomotor therapist prepares a detailed written report and offers recommendations for the management of re-education and rehabilitation.

What is the treatment after

a psychomotor assessment?

La prise en charge peut se faire à différentes étapes de la vie, que ce soit chez les jeunes enfants et adolescents, les adultes, les personnes âgées, et peut intervenir dans différents contextes, que ce soit en libéral, en institution ou en paramédical. Care can be provided at different stages of life, whether among young children and teenagers, adults, the elderly, and can intervene in different contexts : whether in a liberal context, an institution or in a paramedical setting.

 

Our COP9 practice supports your therapeutic project with a multidisciplinary team, made up of our orthoptists, our psychomotor therapist, our contactologist and our ophthalmologist surgeon, Dr. Stéphanie Zwillinger.

 

 

 

 

 

Psychomotor rehabilitation can take different forms, depending on the specific needs of each person. It can include psychomotor relaxation techniques as well as fine and gross motor exercises during individual sessions.

The main objective of psychomotor rehabilitation is to promote the harmonious development of the person in order to help them to overcome their motor and psychological difficulties.

In conclusion

A psychomotor assessment is an essential evaluation tool to understand one’s psychomotor difficulties and offer appropriate therapeutic care.

 

Thanks to a global and multidisciplinary approach, the psychomotor therapist helps promote psychomotor development and contribute to the well-being and wellness of people of all ages.

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