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Motor Planning, Autism, and Catching Skills

A recent study examined motor planning, autism and the skill of catching a ball to determine more specific information regarding impairments.

Previous research has demonstrated common motor skill deficits associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) which may be related to decreased planning and control of sensory motor skills.  A recent study examined motor planning, autism and the skill of catching a ball to determine more specific information regarding impairments. Methodology of the Study on Motor Planning […]

What is motor planning?

What is motor planning? Motor planning is the ability to create an idea, plan an action and execute that action. It is a complex process that requires cognitive thought, sensory input, and a motor action.

What is motor planning? Motor planning is the ability to create an idea, plan an action and execute that action. It is a complex process that requires cognitive thought, sensory input and a motor action. Why is motor planning important? We need to use motor planning for many activities of daily life. A clear example […]

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Action Planning and Execution in Children with Cerebral Palsy

Research in Developmental Disabilities published research on action planning and execution in children with cerebral palsy.  The goal of the study was to determine the differences in anticipatory visual patterns between 13 children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy (average age 6.8 years) and 15 typically developing children (average age 5.8 years).  In addition, visuomotor coordination was assessed in the children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy.

Action Planning and Execution in Children with Cerebral Palsy Research in Developmental Disabilities published research on action planning and execution in children with cerebral palsy.  The goal of the study was to determine the differences in anticipatory visual patterns between 13 children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy (average age 6.8 years) and 15 typically developing children (average […]

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Motor Planning and Cerebral Palsy

Motor Planning and Cerebral Palsy

Motor Planning and Cerebral Palsy The Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology recently published longitudinal research on motor planning and cerebral palsy.  Motor planning is the ability to plan out all the steps required for a motor action and carry out each step in the correct order.  It is important to have efficient motor planning […]

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Clap, Snap or Tap – Rhythm, Motor Planning and Coordination Activity

Have you ever stopped to think how may sounds you can make with your body?  You can clap, snap, tap, stomp, click and more.  These skills challenge children’s motor planning, rhythm and coordination skills.  Have children make some sounds with their bodies such as: clapping hands together snapping fingers tapping fingers on table slapping knees […]

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Simon Says Exercise Ball Style

Have you ever played Simon Says exercise ball style?  This is an easy way to adapt a timeless game of Simon Says but add in more range of motion, muscle strengthening and spatial relationships.  It is more of a challenge when you use a large, exercise ball but if that is not available grab a […]

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5 Activity Ideas to Practice Motor Planning

Here are 5 activity ideas to practice motor planning skills: Ninja Clothes Pin Clip Activity – find the matching Ninja, move your body like the Ninja and clip the Ninja to the circle. Download the Ninja Free Activity. Motor Planning with Pool Noodles – here is a super easy set up but challenging activity to encourage […]

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3 Strategies to Help Children Initiate and Plan Motor Skills

Children who struggle with executive functioning deficits may have difficulties learning how to initiate and plan motor skills.  Here are 3 strategies to help initiate and plan when learning a new motor skill: Work with children to establish the end goal.  By asking open ended or more direct questions to the child, determine specifically what […]

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Cut, Sequence and Draw Trucks

Practice scissor skills, sequencing, glueing, following directions and drawing all with this one activity – Cut, Sequence, Paste and Draw Transportation. Download this truck freebie to get started with this no-prep activity. Find out more information on the complete Cut, Sequence, Paste and Draw Transportation Packet. Looking for different themes? Check out Cut, Sequence, Paste […]

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Simon Says – Body Awareness and Motor Planning Activity

  Here is a fun, new freebie from the latest download, Simon Says.  Print off these 9 cards to play a quick game of Simon Says.  Can the children copy the body poses exactly?  These are 9 samples cards from the HUGE collection of body position cards from the complete Simon Says download. The complete […]