Motor Skills Disorder
Motors Skills Disorder Overview
Motor skills disorder, also called motor coordination disorder or motor
dyspraxia, is a common disorder of childhood. It is estimated to be present in
about 6% of school age children (between ages 5 and 11 yrs).
- Children with this
disorder have associated problems including difficulty in processing
visuospatial information needed to guide their motor actions they may not be
able to recall or plan complex motor activities such as:
- catching or throwing a ball with accuracy, or
- producing fluent
- Often there is a history of early delay in the development
of motor skills. This may present as a delay in the ability to sit up or
learning to walk well.
- Often, these children are described as clumsy or
forgetful, (for example, they may never turn the water faucet or lights off).
- These children may have difficulty using a cup, spoon or fork to eat.
may have the tendency to drop items or run into walls/furniture and have
frequent accidents due to motor planning difficulties.
- They may have
trouble with tasks requiring hand-eye coordination and dexterity (hammering a
nail, connecting wires etc.).
- These children may also have difficulty holding a
pencil and learning to write.
Motor skills disorder can be extremely disabling both in academic settings
(school) as well as in everyday life due to impairment of functioning. Children
and adults with this disorder are at risk for
obesity, due to the higher rates
of physical inactivity, and often suffer from low self-esteem as well as
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