Self-care routines: How to help kids who struggle with motor skills

Kids who struggle with motor skills might have trouble with a skill called motor planning. This skill helps us remember the steps to do something and do them in order.

By The Understood Team

Expert reviewed by Keri Wilmot

Trouble with motor planning can make it hard to do all the steps of basic routines in the right order. It makes it hard to do things like getting dressed or brushing teeth. (This can also be a problem for kids who struggle with .) But there are ways to help.

Using a chart can help your child get better at everyday tasks. Watch this two-minute tutorial for ideas. You can also download and print picture charts for brushing teeth, washing hands, and getting dressed.

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Washing handsPDF - 38.7 KB

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Getting dressedPDF - 33.6 KB

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