External Body Awareness (Proprioceptive Sense)

The proprioceptive system is responsible for our body’s awareness of its position, movement and amount of effort needed for various actions. It is important for motor skills, coordination and balance. However, some children may experience proprioceptive processing issues leading to challenges with smooth and accurate coordination and regulation of movements and affect tasks that require motor planning.


  • Loves heavy work activities such as pushing, pulling, dragging and lifting
  • Excessive jumping or bouncing
  • Squeeze objects too tightly compared to other children
  • Displays repetitive or rhythmic movements such as flapping hands, rocking back and forth


  • Discomfort towards physical activities that involve jumping, swinging, climbing, running and carrying objects
  • Withdrawal from deep pressure or firm touch