Motor Coordination Skills

 Newsletter May 2014

Did you know?

The importance of physical development is recognised in the Early Years Foundation Stage. It forms one of the three prime areas of learning and development. Sensory and motor experiences are key in forming the foundations for learning to take place.

Research suggests 5% of children within UK schools have motor coordination problems.They may have a diagnosis of developmental coordination disorder (DCD). These children lack the skills necessary to carry out everyday tasks such as tying shoe laces, doing up buttons, writing and learning to ride a bike. This article contains a detailed description of DCD and strategies to help in the classroom.

These children are typically physically unfit compared to their peers and it is often difficult to get them to participate in physical activities. This information sheet contains some useful ideas to encourage participation in physical activities.

It used to be thought that children would ‘grow out’ of these difficulties but longitudinal research studies have shown that this is not true.Research has shown that the effects last into early adulthood and DCD is an important predictor of poor psychosocial functioning.

Where can I get more information?

Courses

Setting Up Motor Programmes in Primary Schools

Tuesday 17 June 2014

Many children in education have not developed the basic motor skills that lay the foundation for academic learning to take place. Research has shown that by developing children’s foundational motor skills, through motor programmes in schools, progress is seen in academic and learning skills such as handwriting, reading, hand-eye coordination, concentration and attention.

The aim of this course is enable school staff to identify children with motor learning difficulties and equip them to set up appropriate individual or group motor programmes in school.The course also gives staff the necessary tools to screen children’s motor skills so enabling potential problems to be detected
early in the child’s school life.

Useful Resources

496CBeebies Tree Fu Tom

According to CBeebies Tree Fu Tom website, “Tree Fu Tom’s Big World Magic incorporates carefully selected sequences of movement put together by movement specialists and designed to help children develop important foundation motor skills.”


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Set4Sport by Judy Murray.

Very useful website resource with simple games to develop coordination skills. Free book available through the websiteand free app through iTunes. The app contains some great sound effects.


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Early Intervention Games by Barbara Sher
A book of fun games that can be played at home or schoolto develop social and motor
skills. The games are designed for children with autism or sensory processing
disorders. It is also a great resource for those working in Early Years.


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Motor Programme Resources
The programmes can be used with a small group of children or with individuals. They are easy for staff to use, require little equipment, great fun for children and help improve self esteem and confidence by the use of certificates and stickers to reward achievement.


Please read the Disclaimer and be aware that the information in this newsletter is provided for general information purposes only and does not constitute professional advice.