Approximately 6% of all children have motor planning and coordination difficulties that interfere with everyday functioning.
What is the definition of Motor Planning?
Motor planning is the ability to plan, execute, and sequence a novel motor task. The fundamental importance of motor planning cannot be overstated. It affects one’s confidence in academic, social, functional, and athletic performance. Praxis allows children to plan and carry out motor skills in an efficient & refined manner, allowing for the fulfillment of their life roles.
Sometimes, an individual can successfully complete habitual motoric tasks that have been practiced many times before, such as self-feeding, putting on shoes, and holding a pencil effectively. However, when asked to complete a novel task, they freeze up, present with performance anxiety, and or display extreme difficulty carrying out the activity accurately. Other times, children with motor planning difficulties can display challenges with their basic everyday routines. They may appear slow in carrying out motor tasks, clumsy, and may have difficulty with rhythm and timing.
The courses are suitable for:
- Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapist Assistants
- Physical Therapists
- Physical Therapists Assistants
- Special Education Teachers
Upcoming Motor Planning/Praxis Training Courses
Improving Coordination in the ‘Clumsy’ Child: Practical Strategies Using an Integrative Approach
Beyond Motor Planning: Techniques for Assessing, Treating and Managing Praxis Deficits in School
Dyslexia Demystified: The How and Why of Evaluation and Treatment
Using Gravity to Facilitate Sensory Motor Development in Infants and Children
S’cool Moves: Best Practice in Collaboration and Therapy Based Strategies
Body Activated Learning:™ A New Framework for Sensory Diets and Treatment Planning for Kids Living in a Screen-Based World
Helping Horrible Handwriting: Interventions to Improve Graphomotor Skills When Formal Programs Fall Short
The Neurological Basis for Sensory Strategies: How to Have More Successful Outcomes in Person and Telehealth
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Who May Benefit from Learning about Praxis & Motor Planning?
Physical and occupational therapists may both benefit from learning more about praxis & motor planning strategies for effective treatment interventions.
Teachers and other childcare professionals may benefit from learning the signs of motor planning difficulties to know when to refer their clients to appropriate clinicians for treatment.
Motor planning is a significant, often overlooked component of our everyday functioning. For those struggling with praxis issues, motor tasks that may appear easy to peers can be the source of anxiety, fear, and feelings of inadequacy. Targeting these issues effectively via trained professionals can help a child succeed and thrive in school and at home.