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Supporting Children with Gross and Fine Motor Coordination Difficulties
Allow children to use a word processor to complete some written tasks. If they can’t type, encourage them to learn, so that they are able to use a word processor with more speed and fluency.
Offer routines and structure
Create a quiet space for them to learn with no distractions.
Give them something to fiddle with whilst you are talking to them or you want them to focus. It can also be helpful to let them move around whilst they listen.
Ask them to do one task at a time
Provide checklists or visual timetables to support organisation.
Use timers to help with time management and build in frequent movement breaks.
Play lots of games with your child to encourage social skills, such as taking turns and winning and losing.
Help your children develop their fine and gross motor skills and core stability (see resource below)
Dancemat Typing – free beginners typing course for children. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zf2f9j6/articles/z3c6tfr
Motor skills development: https://www.lincolnshirecommunityhealthservices.nhs.uk/application/files/2915/2285/5110/1st_Move.pdf
Visual timetable (see school website)
Social stories and comic strip cartoons: https://www.autism.org.uk/about/strategies/social-stories-comic-strips.aspx
5 point scale: https://www.5pointscale.com/
Social skills games: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/specialeducationalneeds-sen/specialeducationalneeds-sen-social-emotional-and-mental-health-difficulties/sen-friendship-and-social-skills