Proprioceptive System

Proprioceptive input comes from muscles and joints and provides us with a sense of body awareness.  Proprioceptive input also helps detect and control force and pressure.  For many people, proprioceptive input plays an important role in wellbeing.  For example, deep pressure from a compression garment can be very calming for those who are easily overwhelmed by different stimulation.  But, deep touch pressure can also be alerting for those who need additional input in order to increase their attention.

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When to Consider an Evaluation

 

A child who is over responsive to proprioceptive input may have trouble with certain movement.  This child may:

  • Be stiff, uncoordinated, clumsy

  • Avoid use of playground equipment

  • Have difficulties with orienting their body when getting dressed

A child who is under responsive to proprioceptive input may have trouble with recognizing force or where their body is in relation to others.  This child may:

  • Constantly lean, bump, or crash against objects and people

  • Use crayon, pencil, or other objects with too much force and not realize

  • Slap feet, stomp, or sit on feet constantly for additional input