Sensory Motor Development in Young Children

Activities and Strategies that Help
Due to concerns about COVID-19, this training is cancelled.

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This course offers an overview of what healthy brain development means, and how parents, teachers, and child care providers can use specific activities and environments to challenge and build crucial foundation motor skills. By understanding how sensory motor development shapes early behavior and learning , participants will gain new insight on how to help children attend, learn and self regulate.

Participants in this course will receive age appropriate wooden toys built and donated to each center represented. For each fall and spring session, the participants from the first 5 centers who sign up will also receive additional children's toys made available this year through special funding. The toys donated help carry over the fun activities and play strategies taught in the course. View the toys at:

This session addresses Massachusetts Core Competency 1: Understanding the Growth and Development of Children and Youth; and Massachusetts Core Competency 5: Learning Environments and Implementing Curriculum.


Early Childhood Educators


5 training hours or .5 CEU


Future training dates will be announced here. If you have questions or are interested in offering this training on-site, please contact us.


  • Tom Murphy photo

    Tom Murphy, MS, OTR/L, ATP, has worked with pre-school children for more than 40 years. He has worked as a pediatric OT at Cooley Dickinson since 1995, with a special interest in children ages 3-5. He worked for many years as a consultant for pre-schools in Holyoke, screening children for motor development and developing games and activities to help improve motor skills.

  • Arlene Spooner photo

    Arlene Spooner, PT, has worked for over 30 years in Early Intervention as a physical therapist. She has also provided PT services in public schools, and in outpatient pediatrics in Cooley Dickinson Hospital.

For more information, contact:
Administrative Assistant
413.586.4900 x5568