Coordination and Movement

Children learn, develop and build skills through playing. Those who have difficulty with some parts of play – such as dressing a doll – may also have functional difficulties. These could impact on their daily life with tasks like buttoning up their coat.

Occupational therapists work with children and young people, their parents, carers, and other healthcare and education professionals to support development of skills.

What should I look for?

There are many reasons why your child may be having difficulty with coordination and movement skills and not all of these will be permanent or require help from an occupational therapist. You might see these difficulties when your child is trying to ride a tricycle, kick a football, skip or performing a variety of other activities.

Guidance and helpful information

If you are concerned that your child is experiencing difficulties with two or more functional activities, you should speak your GP, school SENCO or healthcare professional about whether a referral to occupational therapy would be valuable.

There are tools and strategies that can be used at home to help children and young people who have difficulties which might require help from occupational therapists. You could try the toolkits below with your child over the course of a few months.


If you trial these strategies, please keep a record of the results as you can submit this information to us if you find that you do need assistance from the occupational therapy service.

Your first appointment

Your child will be invited to attend an assessment appointment in clinic which will include observing your child performing a variety of tasks. Following this you would be provided with advice and strategies to work on the identified goals. An appointment for further assessments or intervention may be needed which could be in clinic again or at school.