Sensory, Social & Motor Skills - A Developmental Guide for Educators & SNAs

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“Effective discipline means that we’re not only stopping a bad behaviour or promoting a good one, but also teaching skills and nurturing the connections in our children’s brains that will help them make better decisions and handle themselves well in the future.”
 ― Daniel J. Siegel

As an Occupational Therapist (OT), my career has focused on helping children to build the solid foundations they need to reach their potential. By understanding these solid foundational skills such as sensory processing, motor skills and self-regulation, you will be able to support the children you work with to develop their learning in the school environment. 

As Educators and SNA's, you spend large amounts of time every day with these children where everyday opportunities can be used to build positive learning experiences. 

Lots of the practical strategies discussed are suitable for the school and home environment. Therefore this course is also suitable for parents or other professionals who work with children.

This course will help you understand the 'Why' behind a child's behaviour, the 'What' causes these difficulties and the 'How' you can help develop these skills in school. 

After completing this course, you will feel more confident in understanding the underlying skills necessary for school-based tasks such as handwriting, organising belongings and paying attention. With this understanding, comes an increased ability to identify possible difficulties and put strategies in place immediately that can help support a child's participation and learning in the classroom. 

The best intervention is done through everyday opportunities as they arise in a child's natural environment. By using this time to help build solid foundational skills, it will benefit a child not only now but when they are a teenager and adult. 


How does it work?

There are 6 modules in this course and up to 45 videos with quizzes to test your knowledge at the end of each module.

You will have access to these modules for 12 months from the date of purchase and once completed you'll have earned a Certificate in "Sensory, Social & Motor Skills - A Developmental Guide for Educators & SNA's"


We have Educators, Special Needs Assistants, and Parents from all over the world learning useful strategies they can use in everyday situations.

Here are some of the countries where students are from

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What's covered in the course?

This course content focuses on pre-school and school-aged children. I will be here to support you with any questions you may have while completing the course. There is a section under each video allowing you to input your question and I will get back to you asap :)

You can work through the content at your own pace. Some of the content may be targeted towards younger or older age groups so once you have 80% of the content completed, a certificate will be issued.

Please contact us at in relation to your certificate of completion.


Module 1: Fine Motor Skills

  1. An Overview of Fine Motor Skills
  2. Fine Motor Skills: Ages & Stages (0-2 years)
  3. Fine Motor Skills: Ages & Stages (Preschool & School-Aged)
  4. Fine Motor Skills for Older Kids & Teens
  5. Test Your Learning - Short Quiz

 Module 2: Handwriting & Visual Motor Skills

  1. Handwriting: Skills & Strategies
  2. Learning Letter Formations (Regular Print)
  3. Hand Dominance & Crossing the Midline
  4. The Importance of Visual-Motor Integration
  5. How to Develop Visual Motor Skills
  6. Test Your Learning - Short Quiz

 Module 3: Gross Motor Skills

  1. An Overview of Gross Motor Skills
  2. Gross Motor Skills: Ages & Stages (0-3 years old)
  3. Gross Motor Skills: Ages & Stages (Preschool & School- Aged)
  4. Developing Gross Motor Skills (Older Kids & Teens)
  5. Developing Balance Skills
  6. Developing Ball Skills
  7. An Introduction to Dyspraxia/ DCD
  8. Strategies for Developing Motor Planning (School-Aged Kids & Tweens)
  9. Test Your Learning - Short Quiz
  10. Guest Speaker

Module 4: Sensory Integration

  1. Our Sensory Systems
  2. A Brief Introduction to Sensory Integration Part I
  3. A Brief Introduction to Sensory Processing Part II
  4. Movement & Sensory Breaks
  5. Sensory Strategies for the Classroom
  6. Creating a Sensory Space at Home & School
  7. Sensory Strategies for Older Kids & Teens
  8. Test Your Learning - Short Quiz
  9. Guest Speaker

 Module 5: Behaviour, Social & Emotional Skills

  1. Patience & Waiting Skills
  2. Patience & Waiting Skills: Tips & Strategies
  3. Resilience & Coping Skills
  4. Resilience & Coping Skills II
  5. The Importance of Pretend Play inc. Tips & Strategies
  6. Pretend Play: Ages & Stages
  7. Test Your Learning - Short Quiz
  8. Guest Speaker

 Module 6: Self Care & Life Skills

  1. How to Support Independence Skills (< 4 years old) 
  2. How to Support Independence Skills (School-Aged, Tweens & Teens)
  3. Strategies to Support Organisational Skills
  4. Strategies for Homework
  5. Test Your Learning - Short Quiz
  6. Guest Speaker

 3 x Bonus Speech & Language Guest Speakers


You can complete this course either on a desktop, tablet or mobile phone.

Once you have purchased the course, it can take up to 2 hours to receive your account activation email.


An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

Continue your educational journey into child development and enroll today!

Customer Reviews

Based on 9 reviews
Frances O Brien
Excellent Course

I am absolutely delighted I did this course as I now have so many ideas that I can trial and implement to help the children I am working with. I am working in a special class in a mainstream school where each child would have different needs and coping mechanisms, this course has helped me to come up with different ideas to introduce into their daily routines which some are really helping. I would really recommend this course to parents and to anyone working with children. Excellent course, easy to understand, clear and pleasant presentation from Jessica, and I can say that if you need to ask questions you can do so and will get your answer/ advise back very quickly. Thank you so much Jessica.


Found the course to be very informative and helpful. Learnt a lot of ideas which can be used.

Outstanding Course

I am an Sna and I have just completed this amazing and highly interesting course. It was very user friendly and easy to follow. The contents of the course were extremely helpful and informative. I have learnt so much and I am really looking forward to being able to implement this knowledge in my work environment. From doing this course I have also attended webinars that I would not have known about and they have furnished me with even more knowledge. Thank you Jess for making this course available to all who work in the education sector. The children that we work with can only benefit from this wonderful upskilling of our professional development.

Patricia Browne
Fantastic course!!

I found this course very interesting, very practical and there was brilliant access to videos , links and tips!!
I would highly recommend anyone to do this course. Many thanks Jess.

Kate Sweeney
Amazing course

I absolutely love this course, it’s interesting, relevant and very clear to follow! You can tell Jess has a great passion for occupational therapy and children. She’s excited to pass on her research and knowledge. Jess provides so many tips and tricks which I love and can’t wait to put into practice! Excited to continue my learning