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Building Sensorimotor Systems in Children with Developmental Trauma

Building Sensorimotor Systems in Children with Developmental Trauma

A Model for Practice

Sarah Lloyd. Foreword by Brian Rock, illustrated by Liv Rose Whitfield

Quick Overview

Early trauma can often lead to sensorimotor underdevelopment in children. This book provides practical strategies for both identifying and remedying this particular type of underdevelopment, through the use of those physical activities which take place in normal, loving parent-child relationships.
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Paperback / softback
2020, 8.98in x 5.98in / 228mm x 152mm, 272pp
ISBN: 9781785926297
2020, ePUB
ISBN: 9781785926303
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Babies and young children who have experienced early adversity miss out on good, nurturing relationships, and the sensorimotor development that goes along with them. Their bodies therefore lack a solid foundation for sensory integration.

This book lays out a practice model - the Building Underdeveloped Sensorimotor Systems (BUSS) model - to help identify and assess whether these gaps are present in a child's sensorimotor systems. It also advocates the potential of rebuilding the gaps in these systems - using games and activities that take place within loving parent-child relationships - to offer the child a healthy, attuned base from which to develop sensorimotor skills. Also included is a section on parents' experiences of using these activities with their children.

With a positive view of approaching sensorimotor underdevelopment, these strategies and case studies all demonstrate that, with the right kind of attention, these children's systems can be rebuilt.


'A compassionate, accessible and caring book filled with stories of how children have benefited from the BUSS model. This book is strongly recommended for any practitioners, or families supporting and working with children who have experienced developmental trauma.'
- Jane Mischenko, PhD, Strategic Lead Commissioner: Children & Maternity, NHS Leeds CCG

'This is a book that all those parenting and supporting children who have experienced developmental trauma should read. Sarah Lloyd has written clearly about the challenges of underdeveloped sensorimotor systems. She provides comprehensive advice for helping the children rebuild these systems. This provides a foundation, not just for their physical skills, but also for emotional regulation, confidence, self-esteem, and relationships. Children are amazing in their resilience and attempts to help themselves; I was so moved by the account of the little girl who put stones in her socks. With a little help from us these children are capable of so much. Beautifully written, illustrated, and with hopeful stories of children's progress, this book fills a gap in our understanding of how we can help traumatized children recover, physically, emotionally and within relationships. Sarah has demonstrated how the foundation for all this recovery lies in the rebuilding of the sensorimotor systems.'
- Dr. Kim S. Golding, Clinical Psychologist and author

'A fascinating read that has really made me think about not only my own adopted son but also the children at the school I work in. The book aims to get you thinking beyond the emotional, to encompass also physical and sensory gaps in children's development, creating a practical therapeutic approach that can really ensure their developmental building blocks are secured from all aspects. A must read for parents, carers and professionals.'
- Sarah Fernihough, Head Teacher, Nurture Learning - a therapeutic independent school


By (author): Sarah Lloyd
Foreword by: Brian Rock
Illustrated by: Liv Rose Whitfield