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Motor Skills Disorder (cont.)

Motor Skills Disorder: Next Steps

The amount of frustration engendered in trying to achieve competency with motor activities should be balanced against the potential gain in proficiency.

  • For children with this disorder, it is important for parents to regulate and monitor activities to avoid frustration or overstimulation.
  • Children who cannot yet tie their shoelaces should be allowed to use assistive devices, slip on, or Velcro shoes; the same principle should be applied for adolescents or adults with this disorder.
  • In adolescence, it is more realistic and helpful to use assistive technology (for example, using a keyboard) rather than trying to achieve handwriting legibility if not already achieved during the elementary school period.

Motor Skills Disorder Follow-up

Local educational authorities may require reevaluations every six months; reevaluations in older children may be less often (yearly or every other year).

Prevention of Motor Skills Disorder

It is essential to recognize motor problems early. Early intervention services for preschoolers should be aggressively implemented to prevent comorbid disorders as well as to achieve possible resolution of symptoms in some individuals.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/9/2015

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