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 you first talk to 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 there are any queries please contact your local Occupational Therapy team.
General Advice on Gross Motor Skills
Please click on the picture or the video (coming soon) for more imformation about the importance of a good sitting position.
Advice on Fine Motor Skills
Advice on Drawing, Writing and Using Scissors
Further Advice on Fine Motor Skills
The Occupational Therapist may have spoken to you again and given you further advice. When activities such as writing, drawing or using scissors are analysed they can be broken down into many smaller components. The therapist may have asked you to work on some of these components. These activities may be more challanging than the previous advice sheets. Please complete the activities in this section if this has been specifically recommended by your Occupational Therapist. If there are any queries with this advice or further information is required please contact your local Occupational Therapy team.
Small aids and resources
You may consider trying these aids yourself prior to an Occupational Therapy assessment or the Occupational Therapist may recommend these. They are available over the internet or in shops for you to purchase. Click on the links below for more details.
Click on the links below for details of resources
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.
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.
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.
Lots of creative ideas!
25 Fine Motor Activities Using Household Items.
Therapy Street for Kids is your short cut to finding therapeutic activities to enhance your child's occupational therapy programme.
Please click on the link below for more information on apps which may help your child or young person.
Websites with Free Typing Resources
Touch typing is an important life skill. If accurate handwriting remains difficult, tiring or your child experiences discomfort, even after completing therapy advice over a period of time, your Occupational Therapist may advise that your child types their work instead. For some younger children, with some conditions typing may be the easiest way to record school work. Your Occupational Therapist will be able to advise you further. Please click on the links below to find suggestions for helping your child to learn touch typing.
If there are any queries with this information or if further advice is required please contact your local Occupational Therapy team.