Motor Skills Disorder (cont.)
Motor Skills Disorder Treatment
It is important to emphasize that one size does not fit all when designing a
therapeutic intervention for children with motor skills disorder. It is also
important to understand that although many interventions are offered, very few
have been rigorously tested and proven to be effective.
Generally, most children
respond to multimodal treatment. This involves an occupational therapist and
physical therapist working with the child, often with the assistance of
educational professionals using "perceptual motor training" techniques to help
the person to improve their motor clumsiness.
- Practice and repetition are often helpful in improving handwriting; however,
"bypass" methods are utilized as well. These may involve allowing for unlimited
testing times, and using assistive writing devices.
- Other therapies that have
been recommended include cognitive and sensory integration therapy and
- Many other therapies have been touted as effective, but
have not been researched enough to be recommended.
- Some therapies, such as "visual training" have been outright discounted through scientific evaluation.
- It is important to discuss therapeutic options with your child's physician.
There are many modalities which have been shown to be effective, yet have not
been fully tested in a large enough study to be recommended without
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