Great Lakes Collaborative for Autism

University of Toledo Perceptual Motor Development Clinic

The Kinesiotherapy Rehabilitation and Research Center
The University of Toledo
Health Education Center, Room 119
Toledo, Ohio 43606-3390
Phone: (419) 530-2756

Inquiries and applications for enrolling children in the Perceptual Motor Development program can be obtained by contacting:  Jackie Wilkins, B.Ed., R.K.T..-Director Perceptual Motor Development Program at (419) 530-2756

Services Provided 

A program designed:

  • To serve children and youth with special needs.
  • To prepare tomorrow's professional.

The Perceptual Motor Development (PMD) program is a unique community service offered by the Kinesiotherapy Rehabilitation and Research Center at the University of Toledo. The program is designed for children and youth with special needs from 12 months through 18 years. Children referred to the center are identified as having physical, cognitive, emotional or social difficulties.

The program meets on Thursdays from 4-6 p.m. In addition, the program has an additional offering of Saturday mornings from 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Children from several communities in northwestern Ohio participate in the Saturday morning and weekday program. The program is conducted in two twelve-week sessions during the academic year.

The Perceptual Motor Development program is held in the Health Education Center on the main campus of The University of Toledo. The program functions as part of the Kinesiotherapy Rehabilitation and Research Center and utilizes the gymnasium and pool complex, a physical fitness training room and a fine and gross motor activity room.

The cost of the program is $240.00 per child per semester and can be paid for through Family Resources, cash, check, or insurance


The Perceptual Motor Development program was founded at the University of Toledo in 1975. Over the years, the program has received recognition from parent groups, education specialists and members of the medical and psychological fields.

The program seeks to improve the "total fitness" of children and youth with special needs by enhancing fine and gross motor skills and patterns. In addition, the clinic concentrates on the improvement of self-esteem by strengthening the emotional-social aspects of a child's personality through success at play. All individuals need and desire to participate successfully with others in games, activities and team sports. The Perceptual Motor Development program offers children and youth an opportunity to strengthen their skills and succeed at a variety of activities, thus allowing for their fuller participation in school and social events. Furthermore, the enrichment of perceptual motor skills appears to affect the overall development of the learning potential of children. Each child in the program is assigned a clinician who, through observation and assessment, develops an individualized educational plan to meet the child's needs. Utilizing the data from the assessment, goals and objectives are established to address the specific areas of concern. To achieve the goals of each child's education plan, a variety of activities will be included in their program.

A child's program may include: 

  • Physical fitness activities to improve muscular strength, endurance and flexibility.
  • Body awareness and spatial orientation.
  • Fundamental motor-patterns and sport skills.
  • Fine motor and visual perception activities.
  • Swimming and diving skills.