What is CAPS?
Written by Cheri Dotterer
The neurological cycle of any cause and effect response with the human condition. Every sensory-motor cycle in a typical neurological response. No movement, behavior, or thought, and emotion occurs without a sensory component. No sensation happens without a neurological motor response. It is a refinement of the cycle that creates a seamless movement.
I’ve been watching the TV series Arrow recently. Watching the refined movements in the training scenes is intriguing to me. Theatrical fighting versus street fighting takes on a different level of sensory-motor control. When portraying a street fight on TV the outcome is choreographed. The actors practice and train these moves. The biggest difference is the staged outcome. In a street fight, the outcome is unknown.
Why do I bring up such a subject? It has everything to do with the progression of handwriting with our students. Each student must progress through motor movements to increase their CAPS.
Motor control is the coordination of the neuromuscular system to produce movement. New movements are longer and less refined. Whereas, movements that have been completed repeatedly are refined and have muscle memory. A street fight is like the first time a student tries to write a letter. It is unrefined and clunky. Theatrical fighting is like an older student who is writing for several years. The letters are practiced repeatedly and appear well proportioned and refined.
Like the actor, accurate and precise movements must occur, or someone will get hurt. If the student’s letters proportions are skewed, their legibility and speed with cause friction in the classroom.
The speed required to execute the scene or writing task must be accomplished in a specific length of time. Children with dysgraphia have difficulty acquiring good CAPS.
Over the next several weeks, we are going to dive deeper into each part of CAPS.