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Proprioceptive differences

Proprioception is achieved from active use of the muscles e.g. pulling, pushing, and carrying. It is also obtained from active movement (that is propelled by child) e.g. running, climbing, jumping. 

Strategies and approaches

  • Staff recognise the positive impact that recognising and planning for children’s sensory differences and needs have on children’s learning experience
  • Offer opportunities for the child to run, jump, join in weight bearing activities such as crawling, pushing and pulling games.
  • Recognise that a child / young person may seek further input via leaning, for example table or wall pushes.
  • Be aware that a child / young person may rock on their chair, or place the legs on their feet to seek “grounding”. What opportunities are on offer to support this?
  • Ask the child / young person to carry a heavy box or bag of toys or work for next activity.
  • Provide pushing/pulling boxes with heavier items in.
  • Offer jumping on trampette.
  • Suggest using a space hopper.
  • Use timers to support the start and finish of the activity.
  • Provide sensory circuits to support children or regular access to a gym ball.


Last updated 3 November 2021

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