Motor Skills Disorder (cont.)
Motor Skills Disorder Symptoms
Children with this disorder have variable symptoms, depending on the age of
diagnosis (as with most childhood disorders).
- Young infants may present with
non-specific findings, such as hypotonia (floppy baby) or hypertonia (rigid
- Older infants may be delayed in their ability to sit, stand or walk.
- Toddlers may have difficulty feeding themselves.
- Older children may have a
hard time learning to hold a pencil, and tend to knock over drinking glasses
more often than expected.
As children with this disorder age, they often avoid
physical activities, especially those requiring complex motor behaviors such as:
- catching or throwing a ball,
- writing, or
This is due to the individual's propensity to fall or trip more often than
others and their inability to complete motor tasks adequately. These individuals
may have more bruises or
superficial skin injuries due to being "clumsy". They may often feel unable to
judge spatial distances and have difficulty with shutting off faucets, turning
off devices, and tend to have trouble putting together puzzles or toys.
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