Motor Skills

The acquisition of motor skills is an essential component of childhood development. For example, cerebral palsy has a profound impact on a child’s ability to engage with school. But more subtle difficulties in the use of perception to control action (‘sensorimotor control’) is also known to be a major risk factor for children. CAER has shown that sensorimotor difficulties are a risk factor for physical health, social and emotional wellbeing, and educational attainment. CAER is investigating how schools can be empowered to identify sensorimotor difficulties and support children to acquire core skills such as handwriting and typing.