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Teaching Motor Skills to Children with Autism (ASD)

February 14, 2018

 

Some of the objectives in teaching children with Autism (ASD) motor skills include:

  • Increasing balance, strength and coordination

  • Developing and increasing awareness of body orientation in space

  • Increasing fine motor control and visual motor coordination

  • Increasing awareness of surroundings

  • Improving motor planning

  • Learning to follow sequential steps

  • Increasing social interaction opportunities

  • Expanding play opportunities

  • Establishing new reinforcers

  • Developing readiness for pre-academic and self-help skills

Motor skills can be taught in an informal manner and taught in chunks (3-5 items) until mastery. Below are some of the essential gross and fine motor skills to teach children with Autism (ASD).

 

Gross Motor Skills:

  • Stand

  • Sit

  • Hop

  • Turn Around

  • Dance

  • Run

  • Skip

  • Kick

  • Bounce ball

  • Stand on one foot

 

Fine Motor Skills:

  • String beads

  • Turn doorknob

  • Fold Paper

  • Puzzles

  • Pouring

  • Pasting

  • Cut with scissors

  • Pegboard

  • Roll Playdough

  • Put object in / take out of container

 

 

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