Motor development disorder involves a developmental delay in movement and posture that leaves children with coordination substantially below others of their age and intelligence. These children seem so clumsy and awkward they are rarely picked for teams at school. They may have trouble dressing or tying their shoes, brushing their teeth, or combing their hair.
This can lead to low self-esteem, anxiety, and depression in children as well as their parents. Motor skills disorder affects up to 5% of the population, but it’s not just kids who suffer from this condition; adults can also experience developmental delays in movement and posture, leaving them feeling uncoordinated.
Some children with this condition also have difficulty learning to read because writing letters on paper can be difficult to do accurately without much practice first. They often bump into things, fall frequently, and appear uncoordinated in sports activities such as baseball or soccer.
Children with motor skills disorder seem so clumsy and awkward they are rarely picked for any teams at school. They may be unable to ride a bike, catch a ball or even walk without tripping.
Children who develop motor skills disorder before the age of three usually show signs by 18 months. Those who develop it after age three typically begin showing symptoms between ages two and four.
There are treatment options, including occupational therapy (OT) services which will help improve fine-motor skills like handwriting while strengthening gross-motor abilities like running around the playground.
Therapy programs offer speech therapy (ST), physical therapy (PT), sensory integration therapies (SITs), along with other interventions designed specifically for each child’s unique needs based on an individual assessment performed by one of our highly trained therapists.
A few programs have been shown to reduce symptoms associated with ADHD, autism spectrum disorders (ASD), anxiety disorders (AD), depression (DEP), and more! We’ve helped thousands of patients worldwide become stronger learners through our unique approach to neurofeedback therapy.
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