About fine and gross motor
‘Motor skills’ describes the ability to control and coordinate movements. This can include fine motor control (e.g. small movements of the fingers and hands) and gross motor control (e.g. large and coordinated movements of the trunk, arms, and legs).
Some children with neurological and developmental disorders have challenges with learning and mastering new motor skills. For example, children with cerebral palsy or acquired brain injury (e.g. following a stroke) might find it challenging to control and coordinate the parts of their bodies which perform fine and gross motor tasks. As a teacher, individual adjustments might need to be made to help support children who experience fine and gross motor challenges to learn new motor skills.
Practise handwriting skills
Tailor how you teach
Use music to improve motor skills
Best practice tips
Consider seating position and duration.
Consider where things are kept.
Provide plenty of opportunities to practise.
Encourage students to learn at their own pace:
Consider pairing the student with a buddy.
Build students’ fine motor skills.
Visit our resources page for a range of resources that can help to create inclusive education environments for children with disabilities and developmental challenges. Some particularly relevant resources for children with motor issues include: