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Building Sensorimotor Systems in Children with Developmental Trauma

A Model for Practice

Sarah Lloyd Brian Rock Liv Rose Whitfield



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Jessica Kingsley Publishers
21 April 2020
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.
By:   Sarah Lloyd
Illustrated by:   Liv Rose Whitfield
Foreword by:   Brian Rock
Imprint:   Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 228mm,  Width: 150mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   400g
ISBN:   9781785926297
ISBN 10:   1785926292
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   21 April 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Contents Acknowledgements Introduction Chapter 1 - Introducing the Foundation Systems Chapter 2 - Beginning to notice movement and is this the right kind of intervention at this time? Chapter 3 - The sequential nature of motor development - an overview of development 0 - 12 months Chapter 4 - A BUSS Assessment Chapter 5 - The Tactile System Chapter 6 - Assessing the Development of the Tactile System Chapter 7 - Rebuilding Underdeveloped Tactile Systems - Part One Chapter 8 - Rebuilding Underdeveloped Tactile Systems - Part Two Chapter 9 - The Vestibular System Chapter 10 - Assessing the Development of the Vestibular System - Part One Chapter 11 - Assessing the Development of the Vestibular System -Part Two Chapter 12 - The Proprioceptive System Chapter 13 - Assessing the Development of the Proprioceptive System Chapter 14 - Ideas for Getting Started : Rebuilding Underdeveloped Vestibular and Proprioceptive Systems Chapter 15 - And Breathe. A Chance to Catch Up Chapter 16 -Next Steps in Rebuilding Underdeveloped Vestibular and Proprioceptive Systems Chapter 17- Over to Parents - Reflections on Experiences of Using the BUSS model: Lenny, Amber, Nadia, Elsa and Percy Chapter 18 - Final Thoughts Bibliography

Sarah Lloyd is an experienced Specialist Occupational Therapist and Play Therapist, with nearly 30 years' experience working in child and adolescent mental health services. She runs training and supervision courses all over the UK, including training with major adoption organisation AdoptionPlus. Liv Rose Whitfield is currently in the final year of her BA Illustration degree in Bristol. She is interested in the therapeutic value of art and hopes to pursue it further in her future career as an illustrator.

Reviews for Building Sensorimotor Systems in Children with Developmental Trauma: A Model for Practice

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 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

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