Adolescent motor and social development
Motor development is an aspect of child and adolescent development. It consists of how individuals develop the gross and fine motor skills which help determine their learning and social outcomes.
Gross motor skills allow the control of muscles for large scale movements as a child grows.
Developing from birth, throughout childhood and into adolescence, they allow movement and interaction with others across the curriculum.
Fine motor skills allow the control of muscles for small scale movements that develop from birth through childhood into adolescence.
They allow the development of writing, drawing and sound/musical communication across the curriculum and have a particular impact on literacy.
Research shows that a developmental delay on gross and/or fine motor skills has a detrimental effect on social and learning outcomes.
This may be evident in classroom behaviour e.g. frustration, outbursts, avoidance techniques, loss of self-esteem or a refusal to participate in learning activities.
In this section, teachers can find all the key information, approaches and research they need to develop their understanding of child and adolescent motor development.
Find out about related topics Vision, hearing, language and communication, Social, emotional and behavioural development, Cognitive and neurological development, Literacy and numeracy.
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