Difficulties in Motor Skills

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.