Building Sensorimotor Systems in Children with Developmental Trauma: A Model For Practice


Sarah Lloyd is a specialist occupational therapist, with decades of experience working in child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) and with a commitment to Looked After Children.  She has developed training in Building Underdeveloped Sensorimotor Systems (BUSS), which she and her team run throughout the UK, to address the needs of those who have experienced trauma, neglect or significant loss and early adverse circumstances.

Chapters include:

  • The Sequential Nature of Motor Development
  • A BUSS Assessment
  • Assessing the Development of the Tactile System
  • The Vestibular System: The Foundation of All Systems
  • Rebuilding Underdeveloped Vestibular and Proprioceptive Systems

Lloyd explains that the book is aimed both at practitioners and parents, but it is not intended to be a treatment manual, rather it provides deep insights into the BUSS approach and how it differs from Sensory Integration. She uses short case studies of children of varying ages to illustrate particular  points and, in the final chapter, she includes five different accounts of using the model from the perspective of  parents and carers. 

This interesting book provides a useful overview of early  development,  linked to activities for assessment and intervention that are simple, practical and don’t require specialist resources. She provides indicators that might suggest where, for example, a child’s vestibular system is underdeveloped and links this to developing focused observational skills. She also encourages parents and practitioners to try out the movements themselves.

Author: S. Lloyd
Illustrated by L.R. Whitfield
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 978-1-78592-629-7
Price: £22.99

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