chapter  2
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Sensory development and motor control in infants and children: Jan Piek


The appropriate development of several sensory systems is essential for typical motor development during infancy and childhood. In particular, the visual and proprioceptive systems play a key role in motor control. In addition, the auditory system plays an important role, and an example is the sound of our steps as we are walking or running, which can provide valuable information on the type of surface we are traversing. As the sensory systems have been described extensively in many textbooks, the following tutorial provides only a brief overview of these sensory systems. In the second part of this chapter, the development of the sensory system as well as its relation to motor development is described.