Motor Planning

Motor planning is the ability to conceive, plan, and carry out a skilled, non-habitual motor act in the correct sequence from beginning to end. Incoming sensory stimuli must be correctly integrated in order to form the basis for appropriate, coordinated motor responses. The ability to motor plan is a learned ability which is generalized to all unfamiliar tasks so a child does not need to consciously figure out each new task he or she faces. The child with motor planning difficulties may be slow in carrying out verbal instructions and often appears clumsy in new tasks. Other examples of poor motor planning may include but are not limited to:

  • Difficulty with sequencing
  • Difficulty following verbal instructions
  • Difficulty imitating body positions
  • Coordination problems (clumsy or uncoordinated)