What are motor skills?
A motor skill is a function, which involves the precise movement of muscles with the intent to perform a specific act.
Most purposeful movement requires the ability to "feel" or sense what one's muscles are doing as they perform the act. Motor difficulties occur when an individual lacks the ability to move in the way he or she originally intended. This can have a significant effect on classroom performance and motivation in school.Does your child or student exhibit any of the following?
- Difficulty with handwriting or letter formation
- Cannot copy correctly from the board
- Loses place when reading, frequently
- Skips math problems on a page
- Bumps into others
- Falls out of chair
- Exhibits poor posture, seated or standing
- Difficulty organizing a desk or binder
Motor difficulties can be addressed in variety of ways. Some motor skills difficulties can be overcome through development and maturity. In education, a frequent response to motor difficulties is to refer the child to special education services. This is not always necessary or appropriate. Some students just need to be taught a simple activity or strategy, which they practice to remedy the problem. Others, whose difficulty is more involved, may require the intervention of a professional in special education.Why are we seeing more children with motor
skill difficulties today?
Numerous students in every classroom across the country, these days, experience difficulty writing, lose their place on a page, skip math problems, and have trouble paying attention. Many students lack the development and training of the muscles needed for fine and gross motor skills important for a successful classroom experience. Frequently, children hide their difficulties by becoming "class clowns" or "trouble makers" because they are embarrassed. Sometimes these behaviors are a mask for hiding the true problem of being unable to complete class work well. These students need brain engaging strategies, direct teaching and guided practice to assist their progress toward improvement and successful completion of schoolwork.
Over the years, school curricula have placed less emphasis on direct teaching of fine and gross motor activities in the classroom and yet we expect students to write neatly, which requires developed motor skills.
Integrating motor activities into the classroom and home environment can be a tremendous help in reading, writing, attention, and memory. Students who learn to develop specific motor movements can incorporate such skills into successful participation in school activities. The CLIME® Program's multi-sensory approach to learning and writing, is particularly helpful for students, kindergarten through third grade, including those with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or learning disabilities. The CLIME® Program can also be applied to students in higher grade levels.
Armed with The CLIME® Program's effective strategies, teachers and parents can help students improve using simple exercises and interventions within or outside the classroom setting. Whether or not a student qualifies for any particular type of special services, incorporating motor activities, which are easily performed on a regular basis, can help them improve their skills and obtain the best results.A Motor Skill Solution!
The CLIME® Program offers the avenue for learning tried and true activities that address the motor skills listed above and more. Designed by EduCLIME, with contributions from special education teachers, occupational therapists, physical therapists and adapted physical education teachers, The CLIME® Program helps improve motor skills for both general and special education students.