Most kids develop certain motor skills at certain ages. But what if your child is lagging behind other kids that age? If basic physical tasks like using a pencil or getting dressed are a struggle, you may wonder what to do.
Here are steps to take if you’re worried about your child’s motor skills.
1. Learn about different motor skills.
2. Keep track of what you’re seeing.
3. Find out what’s happening at school.
Talk or email with your child’s teacher about your concerns. Find out what the teacher is seeing in class and share what you’ve seen at home. Sharing information can shed more light on patterns you’re seeing. And it can help both of you better understand how to help your child improve motor skills.
4. Know where to get answers.
Your child’s teacher and health care provider are great resources. They can suggest steps for finding out what’s causing your child’s trouble with motor skills. That might include a free school evaluation that looks at all of your child’s strengths and challenges. An occupational therapist can look specifically at motor skills.