Parviz Youssefi, Ph.D., Ed
Dr Parvisz introduces May Rentschler, a Sensory Motor Integration expert.
Dr. Youssefi is an education specialist with more than 30 years experience in re-patterning children with developmental/neurological disorders, hyperactivity and learning disabilities. Currently, Dr. Youssefi is pursuing the field of pediatric Autism diagnosis and treatment. Along with his wife Shirin, Dr. Youssefi is co-owner and President of GMS Institute, Inc., and the Director of the Sensory-Motor Integration Program. The gym’s name GMS is symbolic for Gymnastics, Movement Education, and Sensory-Motor Integration. Dr. Youssefi is currently a member of the interdisciplinary council of learning disorders, headed by distinguished child development experts. He has authored several books on the developmental process and motor perceptual integration. His most current publication can be found in the ICDL guidelines for therapists. His chapter titled: Defines the sensory-motor integration methodology and uniqueness.
Dr. Youssefi received his Master’s Degree and Ed. D in Special Education and Sensory Motor Integration from George Washington University in Washington, DC. He has also taught various graduate courses such as Motor Development and Movement Education, Perceptual Motor Problems and Diagnosis and Treatment at George Washington University.
Sensory Motor Integration can be best described as a multi-sensory approach to addressing the needs of children who suffer from various developmental delays, low muscle tone, dyspraxia and attention deficits. By incorporating methodologies of sensory integration and perceptual motor development, the SMI approach enables children to sequentially and successfully acquire motor capabilities and motor planning skills. Our program builds upon two very key elements:
1. Sensory integration as a means to regulate and network the nervous system.
2. Motor development as the vehicle to achieve physical, cognitive, neuromuscular, and body awareness capabilities.
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