Tuesday, September 10, 2013

5 Tips to Help Children Follow Motor Commands

Do you have children who you teach or parents who exhibit difficulties following motor commands?  There can be several reasons why this is occurring but here a some simple tips to try:

1.  Make sure you have the child's attention when you ask him/her to follow a direction.  Reduce distractions in the room.  

2.  Repeat the motor command a second time in clear, concise directions.  For example, instead of "go across the mat, walk over the beam and step down" try to state "walk on the beam".

3.  Model the action that you need completed.  Instead of stating "jump over the line" demonstrate jumping over the line.

4.  Allow time for a child to process the motor command.  State the direction and count to 10 to wait for a response.  

5.  Provide encouragement for any attempt at following the motor commands.  If it is a multiple step motor command and the child only follow step one, repeat step two and three with clear directions and model the actions if necessary.

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