Please use this list as a guide to highlight the child’s specific areas of difficulty. This list is not exhaustive and is not a diagnostic tool. There may be underlying medical reasons for the difficulties suggested, so the child/young person should be seen by a medical practitioner. We also recommend that the child visits an optician, as visual difficulties can also impact on co-ordination difficulties.

Key Stage 1

Gross motor skills
  • Falling, tripping and bumping into things
     
  • Balance difficulties (whilst static or moving)
     
  • Poor ball skills (aiming, throwing and catching) compared to peers
     
  • Puts more effort into activity compared to peers
     
  • Difficulty maintaining posture for seated activities on the floor or at a table (may slump over or lean against someone/something)
     
  • Requires assistance with dressing
     
  • Difficulty with spatial awareness (knowing own body boundaries)
     
  • Difficulty negotiating obstacles and/or hopping/jumping
     
  • Excessively fidgety
     
  • Difficulty with P.E. and sports
     
  • Discrepancy between child’s motor abilities and their abilities in other areas (i.e. academic skills may be strong while motor skills are delayed)
     
Fine motor skills
  • Difficulty using two hands together at the same time (i.e. for scissors or stabilizing paper whilst using other hand for pencil)
     
  • Difficulty opening lunchbox or packets
     
  • Pre-writing skills below what is expected for age/level of learning
     
  • Awkward pencil grasp
     
  • Requires help with buttons/laces
     
  • Poor use of cutlery (may prefer to finger feed)
     
  • Avoids construction tasks (Lego/small blocks)
     
Organisation skills
  • Difficulty organizing self (tray, school bag)
     
  • Loses or forgets things
     
  • Dislikes change in routine
     
Cognitive skills
  • Difficulty learning new skills and transferring learned skills
     
  • Difficulty copying (actions or items from board/paper)
     
  • Poor concentration/difficulty paying attention (compared with peers)
     
  • Requires assistance with sequencing of tasks – telling the time/times table
     
  • Difficulty problem solving
     
  • Difficulty multi-tasking (listening and doing at the same time)
     
  • Poor memory
     

Please use this list as a guide to highlight the child’s specific areas of difficulty. This list is not exhaustive and is not a diagnostic tool. There may be underlying medical reasons for the difficulties suggested, so the child/young person should be seen by a medical practitioner. We also recommend that the child visits an optician, as visual difficulties can also impact on co-ordination difficulties.

Key Stage 2

Gross motor skills
  • Falling, tripping and bumping into things
     
  • Puts more effort into activity compared to peers
     
  • Difficulty maintaining posture for seated activities on the floor or at table (may slump over or lean against someone or something)
     
  • Requires assistance with dressing
     
  • Difficulty with spatial awareness (knowing own body boundaries)
     
  • Difficulty negotiating obstacles and/or hopping/jumping
     
  • Excessively fidgety
     
  • Difficulty with P.E. and sports (ball skills: aiming/throwing/catching and activities that require quick changes to body position)
     
  • Discrepancy between child’s motor abilities and their abilities in other areas (i.e. academic skills may be strong whilst motor skills are delayed)
     
Fine motor skills
  • Difficulty using two hands together at the same time (i.e. for scissors or stabilizing paper whilst using other hand for pencil)
     
  • Difficulty with speed and/or legibility of handwriting
     
  • Delayed hand dominance and/or awkward pencil grasp
     
  • Requires assistance with buttons/zips/laces
     
  • Poor use of cutlery (may prefer to finger feed)
     
Organisation skills
  • Difficulty organizing self or work (tray/school bag/equipment)
     
  • Loses or forgets things
     
  • Difficulty finding way around unfamiliar premises
     
  • Difficulty following a timetable and/or map
     
  • Dislikes change in routine
     
Cognitive skills
  • Difficulty learning new skills and transferring learned skills
     
  • Difficulty copying (actions or items from board/paper)
     
  • Poor concentration/difficulty paying attention
     
  • Difficulty with planning/sequencing tasks (dressing, times table)
     
  • Poor problem solving skills
     
  • Difficulty multi-tasking (listening and doing at the same time)
     
  • Poor memory
     

Please use this list as a guide to highlight the child’s specific areas of difficulty. This list is not exhaustive and is not a diagnostic tool. There may be underlying medical reasons for the difficulties suggested, so the child/young person should be seen by a medical practitioner. We also recommend that the child visits an optician, as visual difficulties can also impact on co-ordination difficulties.

Key Stage 3

Gross motor skills
  • Poor balance (whilst static or moving)
     
  • Difficulty maintaining posture for seated activities (may slump over desk or lean against someone/something)
     
  • Excessively fidgety
     
  • Difficulty negotiating obstacles and/or hopping/jumping
     
  • Difficulty with P.E. and sports (ball skills: aiming/throwing/catching and activities that require quick changes to body position)
     
  • Puts more effort into activities (compared to peers)
     
  • Difficulty with dressing independently/untidy appearance
     
  • Falling, tripping and bumping into things/people
     
  • Discrepancy between child’s motor abilities and their abilities in other areas (i.e. academic skills may be strong whilst motor skills are delayed)
     
  • Difficulty with spatial awareness (knowing own body boundaries)
     
Fine motor skills
  • Poor speed and/or legibility of handwriting)
     
  • Difficulties with buttons/zips/laces
     
  • Poor use of cutlery
     
  • Difficulty with practical tasks in subjects (i.e. cookery, laboratory)
     
  • Difficulty with tasks that require use of both hands at same time (i.e. stabilizing paper for writing whilst using other hand to write)
     
Organisation skills
  • Difficulty with self organization (school bag, locker)
     
  • Poor time keeping
     
  • Loses or forgets things
     
  • Difficulty finding way around school or unfamiliar premises
     
  • Difficulty following a timetable or a map
     
Cognitive skills
  • Poor concentration/ability to pay attention
     
  • Difficulty planning/sequencing tasks (i.e. dressing)
     
  • Difficulty multi-tasking (listening/doing/thinking/copying at the same time)
     
  • Difficulty problem solving
     
  • Poor memory
     
  • Difficulty learning new skills and transferring skills (may repeat mistakes)
     
  • Difficulty copying (actions or items from board/paper)
     

Please use this list as a guide to highlight the child’s specific areas of difficulty. This list is not exhaustive and is not a diagnostic tool. There may be underlying medical reasons for the difficulties suggested, so the child/young person should be seen by a medical practitioner. We also recommend that the child visits an optician, as visual difficulties can also impact on co-ordination difficulties.