Motor Co-ordination

mod15Motor co-ordination involves the ability to control the muscles of the body. Vision, as well as kinesthetic input from receptors in the muscles, joints, tendons and skin provide essential information for the development and refinement of motor co-ordination.

Gross motor co-ordination is the ability to use our arms, legs and torso in a functional manner. Gross motor skills involve the large muscles of the body that enable functions such as walking, running, kicking, sitting upright, lifting and throwing a ball.

Fine motor co-ordination involves using the small muscles of our body, such as our hand muscles for complex, intricate activities, e.g. writing and drawing. Eye-hand co-ordination requires co-ordinating the action of the eyes and hands together in performing precise manipulative movements.

Children and young people who have issues with motor co-ordination often have trouble holding and manipulating objects: they sometimes move unsteadily, unable to use their arms and legs together, appear clumsy and may show poor control or dexterity.

We can help them learn how to develop their skills and improve their ability to carry out a task using a four pronged approach:

  • Plan – thinking through and acting upon a plan for motion
  • Time movements – co-ordinating the body parts to respond to the task demands at the correct time and pace
  • Predict – anticipating where and how to move the body parts to carry out the task
  • React – responding promptly to the changing demands of the task and co-ordinating the body parts to complete the task

Guided practice from our expert OT team will help them learn new skills and pick up visual cues to encourage the process.

To find out more about how the CTS team can support your child, please call 01664 567917 or Contact Us.


COVID-19 Update

During these uncertain times, we are keen to keep you up-to-date with our service provision, which as you can appreciate is changing daily.

For reassurance CTS have set up a ‘Best Practice’ policy to ensure all our Occupational Therapists and Office Staff are working to the highest standard at all times; where ever we are based in the UK.

We are currently NOT seeing families at our designated CTS Clinics conforming to the recent request 23rd March 2020 @ 2030hrs from our government and NHS.

CTS are wanting to reassure you that we are highly committed to you and your child’s OT needs are cared for. We appreciate a lot of our families and service users are vulnerable and many have EHCP’s in place. As a service this requires us to ensure we continue to safeguard and meet the welfare needs of our service users effectively.

We are now providing alternative therapy to continue to support children, families and in some cases parents. We are using your appointment times and making contact via phone calls, conference calls, emails, Zoom and or Skype to support Telehealth Interventions.

Letters are being sent out to all our service users to reassure our commitment.

Please be reassured that all staff are taking every precaution to support our country in preventing the spread of this virus.

Please continue to check this site and our Facebook page for the latest updates. Alternatively call us on: 01664 567917.

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