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Motor Problems

March 2011

In addition to a language problem, my child has a motor problem and difficulty carrying out certain tasks in a coordinated manner. What can I do to help?

Children with language disorders can also have motor and coordination problems in mastering specific tasks that involve numerous steps to follow, making it difficult for them to carry out the tasks in a logical pattern. As a consequence, they tend to become frustrated and quickly give up trying. Guiding them will be the most effective way of helping them gain a sense of accomplishment. The following are some suggestions you can use to help your child with some of their daily activities, such as drawing, craftwork, puzzles, and dressing.

Remember that the goal will remain the same; to bring your child to gradually master a task one step at a time and to guide them through the more challenging ones. It may be better to demonstrate how each task is done by placing your hand on their hand so that they may gain a better understanding of what movements are expected of them. If your child does not want you to take their hand, be sure not to insist.


We would like to thank Josée Delambre, Occupational Therapist, and Josée Laganière, Psychologist of the Communication Disorders Program for their collaboration in producing this capsule.

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