Motor skills

Motor skills

Some young people with epilepsy may experience motor difficulties, including issues with fine motor skills, gross motor skills and coordination.

Gross motor skills relate to the larger muscles that are used for actions like walking and jumping or throwing and kicking balls.

Fine motor skills relate to the smaller muscles that are used for actions like picking up small objects, writing, using scissors and fastening clothing

Handwriting may be poor and performance slower making it difficult for them to copy from the board/take notes from speech. They may take longer to get changed for sports lessons and struggle with setting up and handling equipment. They may also be slower than their peers when moving around the building.

Strategies that may be useful include:

  • Ergonomic pens for handwriting
  • Additional time for getting changed for sports activities
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Guide for schools

Young Epilepsy helpline: email / call 01342 831342 / text 07860 023789



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