Many problems with reading, writing, spelling, maths, concentration, under-achievement and behaviour have their roots in immature development of physical abilities which support many aspects of learning.
At INPP we are able to carry out detailed assessments of children’s physical abilities from general coordination and balance needed for posture, coordination and ability to sit still, to the eye movements needed for reading, writing, copying and catching a ball.
Using standard medical (non-invasive) tests not only can we identify where signs of immaturity are present, but we can also offer effective remedial programmes to stimulate the development of mature motor skills.
While there can be many social and educational reasons for specific learning difficulties, physical abilities underpin every aspect of learning, from the eye movements needed for reading, hand-eye coordination for writing, sequencing for learning tables, days of the week, months of the year etc. and spatial awareness involved in solving certain mathematical problems and for social interaction. When these problems are corrected, children can start to achieve .
Symptoms associated with neuro-motor immaturity
- Difficulty sitting still
- Need to be “on the move” much of the time
- Poor sitting posture, particularly at a meal table or when working at a desk
- Difficulty learning to dress – do up buttons, tie shoelaces, put clothes on the right way round
- Difficulty using a knife and fork
- Writing problems
- Immature pencil grip
- Reading problems
- Spelling problems
- Difficulty catching a ball
- Either very good at sport but avoids written work or, avoids sport
- Poor impulse control
- History of being early (10 months) or late (16 months) at learning to walk
- History of being late at learning to talk