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Motor Skills

Motor Planning

Fact Sheets

Children who easily get in a muddle or have difficulty dressing, writing or learning to swim or ride a bike often have a problem with motor planning.When a child has poor motor planning ability, they often try to instruct themselves in what to do and rely on a visual demonstration of a skill. They can also have difficulty doing two actions at once and make excuses not to try new Read more

All children are born with potential but what is that potential?When a child is developing differently to other children, this potential is harder to judge. No-one can or does know exactly what that potential is; it has to unfold with time.Parents of children with additional needs often say, “it’s not knowing that’s the hardest” and many want to know what they can do to help their Read more

“W-sit” is a term to describe a sitting position in which a child sits on the floor with their bottom between bent legs and their legs rotated so they are facing away from their body. Their legs form a “W” shape on the floor.This position of choice is usually adopted during the child’s transition from crawling to sitting. It is adopted primarily because having a wide base gives the Read more

Balance

Learning

Good balance reactions allow a child to move confidently, explore playground equipment, climb, develop ball skills and ride a bike. Here are some activities to help your child improve their balance.1. Ask your child to sit cross-legged on a trampoline with their hands on their knees. Gently bounce the trampoline so that your child needs to react to maintain their position. This could also be Read more