Strategies for Dealing with
Strategies for Dealing with Motor Coordination Difficulties
Break all motor tasks into smaller stages and work on the individual steps one at a time. As your child acquires the various stages, add the components together into a larger, more complete motor action
Offer exact descriptions and cues to assist your child with specific motor actions. Do not give more than three cues at a time.
During game play with balls, allow the ball to bounce once or twice before requiring that your child respond to it.
Explain to school staff that your child requires unrestricted access to all recess, phys ed classes and outdoor play activities; therefore, they should not keep your child inside or out of these activities for disciplinary measures.
Pause between instructions or explanations, so your child has time to process their understanding of the task.
Encourage your child to use the same verbal cues you used to teach them, while they are performing the skills.
Create specific rhymes and action phrases for practice sessions.
Stand directly in front of your child (your back to their front) during demonstrations, so they don't need to think about right / left orientations.
March 3, 2006
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