- Learning essential motor skills is an important part of becoming a healthy and independent child, youth, and adult.
- Almost everyone has challenges when it comes to learning some motor skills. If your child is having trouble learning to do something, here are some things to consider:
- Your child will be more willing to practice when they feel safe and positive about what they’re doing.
- Find out what your child wants to learn. Being motivated makes it much easier to succeed, and this will boost your child’s confidence the next time something is hard.
- Every child learns at their own pace, so don’t compare your child to others. Motor challenges are only a problem if they stop your child from participating in what they want or need to do.
- Although your child may need lots of repetition, they don’t need constant feedback. Comment when they are seeking input, becoming frustrated, or doing something spectacular!
- There are lots of different strategies that can help when your child is having trouble learning motor skills.
Tip Sheets, Strategies and Resources:
MATCH is a strategy developed for kids who have developmental coordination disorder (DCD). However, the strategies are helpful for anyone struggling with a motor task.
MATCH stands for:
M – Modify the task
A – Alter your expectations
T – Teach strategies
C – Change the environment
H – Help by understanding
Here are grade specific MATCH handouts describing typical problems and strategies to try:
- Kindergarten PDF
- Grades 1 and 2 PDF
- Grades 3 and 4 PDF
- Grades 5 and 6 PDF
- Grades 7 and 8 PDF
- Adolescents PDF
- Encouraging sports for children with DCD or those who just don’t like being physically active: DCD Physical Activity PDF
Tip sheet: Supports for Printing PDF
Tip sheet: Learning to Type
For Further Information or Support:
Please contact Heather Robertson, Physiotherapist: Heather.Robertson@sd71.bc.ca
or Andrea Wilson, Occupational Therapist: Andrea.Wilson@sd71.bc.ca