College of Health and Human Services

 perceptual motor development program

The Perceptual Motor Development Program (PMD) at the University of Toledo is a unique community service offered by the College of Health and Human Services. The program is designed for children and adolescents, from 12 months to 22 years of age, with special needs that include physical, cognitive, emotional, or social difficulties. 

mission statement

The Perceptual Motor Development Program is designed to provide services to children and adolescents with special needs to promote independence and improve their overall development.

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program overview

The Perceptual Motor Development program has operated at the University of Toledo since 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 overall well-being of children and adolescents with special needs by enhancing fine motor, gross motor, social, and cognitive skills as well as minimizing negative behaviors seen during programming. The Perceptual Motor Development program offers children and adolescents 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 student clinician who, through observation and assessment, develops an individualized plan (IPs) to meet the child's needs. The IP consists of goals and objectives to address the specific areas of concern. To achieve the goals of each child's individualized 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, flexibility, fundamental motor patterns, and sport skills

  • Fine motor and visual perception activities to improve dexterity and skills in activities of daily living (ADLs)

  • Group activities to promote social interaction and communication.

  • Academic activities to enhance skills.

Swimming and water safety to enhance body awareness, spatial orientation, and safety skills.
The 2 hour program is spilt into two sections: 1 hour utilizing the gymnasium and activity rooms, while the other hour is spent in the pool complex. Activities in the pool will focus on swimming and water safety skills by utilizing the various floating devices and pool toys available.

Clinicians involved in the program are undergraduate and graduate students from various fields of study at The University of Toledo. These highly motivated individuals demonstrate an eagerness to work in the program, as well as a willingness to learn and accept the educational challenge of motivating and teaching children and adolescents with varying disabilities. They are required to attend an orientation and receive training prior to starting the program to understand policies and procedures, provide and ensure safety and proper care, and gain base knowledge on how to work with children with special needs.


program schedule

Academic Year Fall and Spring Semesters:
Each semester offers two 6-week terms, with the option of participating in one or both terms.
Participants will choose to attend ONE session per week with the following options available:
Mondays 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Thursdays 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Saturdays 8:30 - 10:30 AM

The session time you choose will remain the same throughout the 6-week term.

Summer Semester:
Participants attend three sessions per week for 4 weeks during the month of July.
Mondays 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wednesdays 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Fridays 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

program fees

Fall and spring semesters:
• $140 per child in a 6-week term, one session per week
• $270 per child for both terms, one session per week

Summer semester:
• $270 per child

The program participation fee can be paid via cash, check payable to UT PMD, credit card or Family Resources.
The program does not bill community agencies for the cost of attendance. Families will be billed for the cost of the program at the beginning of the semester, and payment is expected per the terms specified on the fee statement. The PMD program will provide a receipt for payment that families may submit to the funding agency or organization for reimbursement.

Some community agencies and organizations may provide financial assistance to cover all or a portion of the program fee. Families should contact the agency or organization directly for information about eligibility criteria and to obtain funding application forms prior to enrolling their child in the PMD program.


A written referral from a physician is required for enrollment in the program. Referral forms may be obtained with the application form. Referral forms may be faxed to the program (fax number 419-530-4346) and must be received before program participation begins.

This form can be completed online and e-mailed to or it can be printed and mailed to:
The University of Toledo
College of Health and Human Services/MS 119
Speech-Language Pathology Clinic
2801 West Bancroft St.
Toledo, OH 43606
ATTN: Ann Sheidler

*Release Forms can be completed online, but must be signed and returned in person to Jackie Wilkins/HE 1190


More information about the Perceptual Motor Development program (including questions about enrollment) can be obtained by contacting:

Jackie Wilkins, B.Ed., K.T., Director
Perceptual Motor Development Program
Health Education Center, Room 1190
The University of Toledo
Toledo, Ohio 43606-3390
Telephone: 419-530-2756 or 419-530-4339
Fax: 419-530-4346

Last Updated: 12/11/17