We all know children develop at their own pace, but you may have concerns about the way your child is moving or participating in his/her daily activities. Some children may appear to be less coordinated than their peers or awkward with their motor skills. They may fall easily, appear clumsy or stiff when moving. They may have difficulty dressing, be messy eaters, find it more difficult to learn new skills or avoid some activities altogether.
At The Kids Place:
- We have created a fun and safe environment to practice motor skills, i.e., jump, run, climb and play ball games
- We have quiet spaces to work on the motor skills of play and the under-pinning motor skills required for learning and handwriting.
- Our initial assessment will include clinical observations and an assessment of both gross and fine motor skills by a Physiotherapist and Occupational Therapist to find out what might be causing the child to have motor coordination difficulties.
- We can perform a standardised assessment of fine and gross motor skills such as The Movement ABC, The Miller Assessment for Preschoolers (MAP) or The Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency (BOT-2). These assessments can help to confirm whether there is a significant movement disorder such as Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD).
We also run targeted groups such as ‘Boot camp’, which allows children to practice skills within a small group setting with similar aged children to build their self-esteem and confidence.