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Body Awareness

Body awareness is a child’s ability to know where their body is in space. Proprioceptive input leads to the development of body awareness. Proprioceptive input refers to the sensations from joints, muscles and tendons that are obtained by moving against resistance, including moving against one’s own body weight (giving isometric, or fixed, input). Children who demonstrate difficulties processing proprioceptive input are likely to have decreased body awareness. Children with proprioceptive issues may often appear clumsy or uncoordinated, which relates to their inability to judge where their body and limbs are in relation to other people or objects. Children with proprioceptive challenges may have accompanying attention or motor coordination issues, and will often use vision to compensate for decreased awareness of body position.

 

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