The ESMT motor scale is unique because it is function-based, and can be applied to children of all ages and diagnoses. The ESMT motor scale has 10 stages of motor development. All skills are carefully scaffolded from one stage to the next ensuring that each child is constantly working within their zone of proximal development which increases their motivation for goal attainment. All children, irrespective of age or diagnosis will possess a certain level of motor function that can be found somewhere throughout the 10 stages.
Following the initial assessment, each child is placed on the motor scale according to their current motor function. Developmental milestones that may be missing are also identified and incorporated into their sessions.
For example, a non ambulatory 12 year old child with cerebral palsy may be placed on stage 1, 2, or 3 depending on functionality, whereas an ambulatory 3 year old child with autism may be placed on stage 4 or 5. During their semi-annual assessment, each child will be assessed on their progress and the results will form the prescription for the next 5 month period. The ESMT model recognizes that not all children develop at the same rate. ESMT therapists are trained to adapt to each individual child’s unique needs so that they can successfully complete the gross motor skill requirements to their best ability.