Children who seem to struggle with extremely poor coordination may be dealing with motor skills difficulty. These difficulties interfere with their ability to achieve age-appropriate milestones as well as academic and daily activities.
There are 3 main motor skills.
- Gross motor skills are used in balance and coordination. They help children master physical activities such as walking, running, sitting, crawling, jumping, climbing and biking.
- Fine motor skills are used to manipulate small objects quickly and skillfully. They play an important role in the acquisition of manual writing and other daily-life skills such as getting dressed and eating.
- Eye-hand coordination skills give the ability to perform movements using hands while being guided by the eyes like catching, throwing, and aiming. These skills are necessary for writing and typing.
- Poor coordination
- Delayed or abnormal motor development
- Difficulty with fine motor skills (such as writing or drawing)
- Difficulty with gross motor skills (such as running or jumping)
- Balance problems
- Spatial awareness issues
- Perceptual-motor difficulties
- Challenges with academic and daily activities