Psychomotor disorders have many consequences on the gross motor skills, as well as a strong emotional and sensory resonance in patients. In this article, the COP9 psychomotor team presents its treatment of these disorders through graphomotor evaluations and graphomotor therapy, and would like to emphasize that anyone can need psychomotor treatment!
Management of psychomotor disorders with a graphomotor assessment
The COP9 psychomotor team carries out the graphomotor evaluation: an examination carried out under medical prescription in which the psychomotor therapist will take into account all the processes involved in writing among children and teenagers.
This type of evaluation is based on a set of psychomotor tests analyzing the executive, emotional and motor functions. The emotional and psychic aspects are taken into account, as well as the posture, muscle tone and gestures of the young patient. Spatial and temporal organization and lateralization are also assessed during this first therapeutic consultation.
Psychomotor therapists use two types of psychomotor evaluations:
- The BHK scale for early detection of dysgraphia in young children and teenagers
- Le bilan graphomoteur de G.B. Soubiran est aussi utilisé dans le cadre du projet thérapeutique
These professional acts are adapted to evaluate possible retardations and rehabilitation needs.
A re-evaluation is done later. It will allow us to estimate the level of physical, cognitive and postural acquisition of the child. This graphomotor evaluation reveals the need to continue, or not, the psychomotricity sessions. It is proposed to the parents in order to justify, or not, the relevance of stopping the psychomotor rehabilitation.
Graphomotor therapy: an effective way to treat disorders!
The treatment of psychomotor disorders through graphomotor therapy is based on the skills and points of effort of the young patient.
The objectives of graphomotor therapy are to:
- (re)find the pleasure of writing without effort
- re-educate and acquire a graphic gesture, without suffering
- obtain a satisfying writing style
- work on the learning disabilities
In order to enhance the child’s development, COP9 and its psychomotor therapists do not just propose manual activities with classic paper/pencil supports ! For the treatment of psychomotor disorders such as attention deficit or psychomotor instability, each child will find during their sessions :
- Digital unwinding games, also called “finger gym”
- Games of fine motor skills where you will have to pinch, screw, thread…
- Recreational uses of writing tools such as chalk, a magic board, writing in semolina with a feather…
- Games of spatial location
Finding a good posture is also a key part of graphomotor therapy sessions! Through body mediation, young children will learn to be aware of the different parts of their body. They will develop their awareness of the body schema to be able to sit correctly and prevent postural pain or lack of muscle tone.
This corporal approach and these stimulations participate in the psychomotor development of the child. They regain confidence and catch up on their slow graphic development. And above all, they invest more positively in the act of writing.
Dr. Stephanie Zwillinger reminds you that the psychomotor therapist is a state-qualified professional who is competent in the treatment of psychomotor disorders such as graphomotricity. She has a team of competent and experienced professionals. Do not hesitate to make an appointment for any re-education of disorders with COP9, a multidisciplinary team.
Treatment of ssychomotor disorders: for which patients?
The treatment of psychomotor disorders is aimed at all ages of life, from infancy to the elderly. The representation of the body, its structuring, its corporal expression have therapeutic virtues in the psychomotor development for the persons:
- Suffering from anxiety, stress or any type of psychopathology
- Living with chronic pain and/or chronic fatigue
- Pregnant: live better with your pregnancy, integrate and accept your body changes, acquire physical and mental techniques to manage the contractions of childbirth
Breathing, posture, concentration and visualization are the main areas of acquisition worked on at each appointment with the help of relaxation techniques.
But also for younger patients :
- Young children: learning to know their bodies, to breathe, to fall asleep, to control their impulsiveness, to overcome their inhibition, to go beyond a non-verbal period
- Teenagers: integrating physical changes, being more aware of their own abilities, their possibilities of autonomy and control
- Meeting the special needs of children and teenagers with DYS, ADHD, ASD, behavioral disorders, psychomotor problems, etc.
The treatment of disorders by psychomotor therapy is carried out in close connection with school learning. Working with the therapist, the young person develops the mobilization of their concentration. They refine their listening skills and availability to improve their deficient concentration.
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