Sensorimotor Development, Stage 1 (tactile immaturity)

We talked about the first stage of sensorimotor development in a previous article. Today we’re going to focus on the tactile aspect.

Tactile activities can be an important part of the sensory stage or the development of fine motor skills. We find them especially in the consciousness of the hands and fingers, attention and planning of fine motor skills.

What is the tactile?

The tactile ability gives us our sense of touch. This is important for growth and development, as well as for survival.

Here are some examples related to tactile immaturity:

– Your child was constantly removing his clothes at a young age.

– Your child did not want to be on the ground and was regularly stuck on mom during the infantile period.

– He prioritized crawling, especially on one side of the body.

Tactile activities under sensory integration therapy especially help the child to modulate fine motor skills and reduce pain related to the hand, elbow and shoulder.

Test: Stimulate your palm and under the outer edge of the foot using a pencil from top to bottom. Do you tend to want to close your hand or move your toes unintentionally? Do you feel any tickling? Your touch activities may still be immature!

Exercise: using a pike ball, brush or pencil, or ideally an INP Fascia Tool, stimulate the sensitive or ticklish part for 1-2 minutes, twice a day, for three weeks! Once the tickling or discomfort is completely gone, the tactile stage will indeed be reinstated as it should have been in the best of all worlds!


(Also available in my clinic as well)


INP-Fascia Tool 3.0 :


Spikey ball :


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Michael Lapointe

Neurotherapist, Posturologist



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References :
* Smith, Sinclair A., et al. “Effects of sensory integration intervention on self-stimulating and self-injurious behaviors.” American Journal of Occupational Therapy4 (2005): 418-425.
* Yack, Ellen, Shirley Sutton, and Paula Aquilla. Building bridges through sensory integration. Future Horizons, 2003.
* Kranowitz, Carol Stock. The out-of-sync child: Recognizing and coping with sensory processing disorder. Penguin, 2005.
* Larkey, Sue. Practical sensory programmes for students with autism spectrum disorders. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2007