Childhood Diseases

Posted by: mom | 2009-03-26


Undeveloped Motor Skills?


My daughter will be 7 in July and in grade 1. Academically she is achieving above average and generally is very bright. Howver, we have one problem which is her handwriting. She writes quite awful and barely understnadable. She complains of wrist pain when writing and always sits slumped at her table. She is not good at climbing activities either.I really thin that she has some motor skills problem. I dont know how to have her assesed. Could you please advise me on what to do?

Thank You

Expert's Reply



The best person to assist you with this kind of assessment would be an occupational therapist.

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Posted by: mom | 2009-03-27

Thank You everyone!

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Posted by: BMJ | 2009-03-26

Defin take your daughter to an occupational therapist. Ask her teacher if the school can recoomend someone - they usually have someone closeby that works with children. The OT might also recommend some physiotherapy.

Kind regards

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Posted by: Kinnie | 2009-03-26

Hope this helps. My sister' s eldest daughter also did not like climbing, swinging, etc. Although 2 paediatrician said there is nothing wrong, she took her to occupational therapist for an evaluation. She was 3 years old at that stage. Her gross motor skill was lacking far behind. She went for occupational theraphy every 2nd week for 2 years. This did wonders for her and she also started gr 1 this year. She is on par with the other children in her class. Her birthday is very late in the year and the occupational therapist suggest to my sister that she starts gr 1 a year later, which also helps a lot with her emotional readiness for school. She will finish her first school term tomorrow and her teacher describes her as bright and intelligent and she is enjoying school very much. So good luck with you daughter' s problems, it is not to late and she can still be helped.

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