Charlotte Davies on Sensory Integration and the Development of Children’s Senses

In this extended, hour-long session Charlotte Davies discusses integrating senses for child development – sound triggers reflexes and motor skills; physical milestones like crawling important; screening for sound processing gaps can lead to rapid improvement.
· December 23, 2022

Charlotte Davies is a director of the company Fit 2 Learn. She originally trained in Finance, but then moved into teaching when working in the Far East. She holds the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Through Daleen Smith she came to understand the link between child development and cognitive skills.

In 2012 she founded Fit 2 Learn and subsequently trained as a Tomatis Consultant. In 2016 she won the prize for best case study at the Tomatis Paris Convention and in 2018 co-authored the book The Maze of Learning – Developing Motor Skills with Melina Healy and Daleen Smith.

In this session, Charlotte unpacks the important yet often overlooked topic of sensory motor integration and its impact on child development. As an expert in developmental movement, Charlotte provides critical insights into how our senses develop and work together from infancy through the Early Years.

Key takeaways include:

  • The interconnection of our senses and how they rely on each other for full development – from sound triggering reflexes and motor skills in babies to vision becoming dominant by ages 7-8. Disruptions like glue ear can throw the whole system off.
  • The importance of physical developmental milestones like crawling and retaining primitive reflexes. Simple exercises can help integrate reflexes properly and avoid issues with posture, coordination and learning.
  • How sound processing via air and bone conduction lays the foundation for speech, language and even social engagement. Screening for sound processing gaps and targeted therapeutic music can create rapid positive change.

With a wealth of experience and research behind her, Charlotte advocates for a better understanding of this complex integration to support our little ones’ growth. Her insights deliver an impactful reminder that learning and development depend heavily on our sensory and physical foundations. To hear examples and effective strategies that set up children for success, be sure to watch this fascinating session!

This episode was originally broadcast on the 23rd of December 2023

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