Benefits of ESMT

The Empowering Steps Movement Therapy program (ESMT) quantitatively measure a child's gross motor function as it relates to typical developmental milestones involving gross and fine motor skills, balance, coordination, sequencing, and motor planning on our 10 stage motor scale. Each stage is comprised of 20 components with beginning stages focusing on non-ambulatory developmental milestones. Each progressive stage builds on existing abilities to evaluate higher functioning skills and sequencing as a means to improve cognitive development and motor planning.  From all the research we have done, we are the only program with a multi-stage system and a scoring program to monitor progression. Participation in the program has many benefits to your child, some of which are listed below.

Vivien and her team of therapists focus on all areas of motor development as well as emotional regulation, relationship building and social development.

Who is it for?

Any child with disabilities, which include but are not limited to:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
  • Global Developmental Delays
  • Developmental Delays
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorder
  • Seizure Disorder

ESMT evaluates functionality rather than diagnosis allowing us to accept individuals of all ages and varying motor impairments or deficits.

Effects on Gross Motor Development

Gross motor skills are abilities that are usually acquired during infancy and early childhood as a part of a child's motor development. The ability to stand up, walk, run, jump, etc. are examples of gross motor skills, and are usually learnt by the time the child reaches two years of age. Furthermore, these skills are improved and better controlled as the child grows older, and form the backbone from which precise and complex movements are learnt from. 

Improvements will be seen in:

  • Motor planning
  • Timing
  • Sequencing
  • Anticipation of movement
  • Perception - body image, body part awareness, and positional sense
  • Vestibular and proprioceptive systems
  • Spatial awareness
  • Postural stability and control
  • Bilateral, gross and fine motor coordination




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