Fine and gross motor skill difficulty

Fine motor skills relate to the control of small muscles. This can impact on control of fingers and use of small objects such as cutlery, pens etc.

Gross motor skills relate to control of large muscles. These control a child’s ability to walk, sit up and maintain posture.

In our experience, the impact of fine and gross motor skills can vary significantly. In some cases, children require some changes in the method of teaching and some minor additional equipment. In others cases, significant additional support is required with changes made to teaching environment and all equipment being used.

These difficulties can result in a special educational needs (SEN). In some cases, SEN additional support may be adequate, whereas in others an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) will be necessary. Careful assessment of the impact of the child’s needs is required to establish the necessary level of support and special educational needs advice should be sought.


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