Motor Co-ordination Difficulties

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    How to support children with motor co-ordination difficulties


    Motor co-ordination skills refer to the ability of a child to move their arms and/or legs and get their limbs to work together in an effecient way to suceed in everyday activities.

    Motor co-ordination skills are complex and there can be a number of raesons why a child or young person finds these difficult.

    Children can develop motor co-ordination skills at different rates. Please click on the links below to find  a general guide of what is typically expected at each age.  

    If you feel your child does experience difficulties with motor co-ordination skills please use the information on this page to help develop their skills or when liaising with the Occupational Therapist they may have given this advice. Please click on the titles below to see advice sheets about how to develop your child’s foundation skills.

    We hope these help you to get started and feel like you are doing something that will really help.

    If motor co-ordination activities are still challanging after completing this advice, the child or young person may benefit from further assessment and more specilaist advice from an Occupational Therapist. Please contact your local Occupational Therapy team for more information.

    Advice on Using a Pencil, Drawing & Writing

    Advice on Fine Motor Skills

    Advice on Self Care




    General Advice on Gross Motor Skills




    General Advice



    Small aids and resources

    Click on the links below for details of small aids 


    Pencil grips          Writing slope         Rulers         Cutlery          Steps


    Click on the links below for details of resources


    Ian's Shoelace Site

    Learn traditional and adapted types of knots to tie your shoelaces in simple and basic steps, with lots of visual supports. Whether you're after shoelace tying speed, simplicity, security or style, there are 18 different shoelace knots to choose from, including several that Ian, the creator of the website, has created himself.




    Dexteria Apps

    A range of apps centred on increasing finger dexterity and fine motor skills in children and young people. It uses a fun and interactive game, with different levels of difficulty, which gets progressively harder as the games. Each app contains a few different games/activities that work on different areas of hand development.




    OTs with Apps

    A list of useful websites containing information and links for apps that can be downloaded to reinforce learning in a fun and interactive way. Some apps are free to download, whilst others have a charge. Some are downloadable onto I Phones, android devices or a mixture of both.


    Occupational Therapy Plan

    An activity idea search engine for paediatric occupational therapy activities. Match skills you want to work on, with materials you have, to a detailed occupational therapy treatment activity.



    OT Fine Motor Skills on Pinterest

    Lots of creative ideas!




    25 Fine Motor Activities Using Household Items.





    Therapy Street for Kids - Occupational Therapy

    Therapy Street for Kids is your short cut to finding therapeutic activities to enhance your child's occupational therapy programme.




    Websites with Free Typing Resources