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Motor skills 

Guide for schools

Guide for schools

Young people with epilepsy may experience motor difficulties, including issues with: 

  • Gross motor skills – related to the larger muscles used for actions like walking, jumping, throwing things and kicking balls 
  • Fine motor skills – related to the smaller muscles used for actions like picking up small objects, writing, using scissors and fastening clothing 
  • Coordination – using many parts of the body at the same time to perform a task, e.g. using a bat to hit a ball 

A young person with motor skills difficulties may have poor handwriting and write more slowly, making it difficult for them to copy from the board or take notes from what someone’s said.  

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 

Also in this section of the guide

Exams and coursework

Information about extra help with exams and coursework for pupils with epilepsy.


Information for schools about transitions for pupils with epilepsy.


Information about how sleep is affected in pupils with epilepsy.


Information about how school attendance is affected in pupils with epilepsy.


Seizures, related factors and anti-seizure medications can affect a young person communication.


Young people with epilepsy can have problems with memory.

Young Epilepsy Guide for Schools

Other sections of the guide that may be of interest

Young Epilepsy Guide for Schools

UK legal frameworks

An overview of the different laws and systems in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales

Young Epilepsy Guide for Schools

Key elements of support

The key elements of support that schools should have in place to ensure all young people with epilepsy are safe and included in school life

Young Epilepsy Guide for Schools

About seizures

Information about seizure types, triggers, first aid, treatments, records, and emergency medication for schools

Young Epilepsy Guide for Schools

Epilepsy impact on emotions & behaviour

Epilepsy can have a profound effect on a young person's emotions and behaviour, which can produce a range of emotional responses that make academic achievement at school difficult.