Motor Assessments (OT)
Motor skills (skills using your body for a task) can impact everyday life for a child. Motor skills are the basis for success in everyday activities such as running, riding a bike, writing, getting dressed and using cutlery. Motor assessments are used to identify strengths and difficulties with hand-eye coordination, fine motor and gross motor skills. They involve participation in different activities that test the client’s skills. Interviews and observations are used to assist with assessment and recommendations.
Children with motor difficulties can display some of these symptoms:
- Being clumsy
- Seems uncoordinated
- Poor handwriting
- Difficulty multitasking
- Slow to do multi-step activities such as dressing
- Often falling over
- Avoids sports and physical games
- Difficulty reaching proficieny
- Trouble learning new skills
Assessments of motor skills include a formal assessment, observation and interview of the caregiver. A report is generated providing recommendations to assist with understanding motor difficulties and suggestions on how to improve or compensate for these.