Motor Planning and Coordination

Motor Coordination is defined as the combination of movements created within the parameters that result in intended actions.  Such movements usually work together smoothly and efficiently.  Motor coordination involves the integration of processes ranging from how muscles interact with the skeletal system to neural processes controlling them in the spine and brain. Further, the process of motor planning involves the neurological pathways required to image and perform a desired task.

A child who appears awkward, clumsy, or uncoordinated may have challenges with daily activities that others may find simple.  Even subtle issues with motor coordination may affect a child’s ease and ability to write legibly, play on the playground, ride a bicycle, and many other activities.  When motor coordination is impaired, a child may become frustrated, avoidant, and self-conscious.

Pediatric Occupational Therapists use assessments to determine the nature and extent of each child’s motor coordination challenges.  We are able to develop an individualized program for the clinic and at home so a child can focus on strengths and improve in the areas of challenge.

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