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What are paediatric co-ordination problems?

Co-ordination problems are when a child has difficulty in performing motor skills tasks. In most cases fine movements are difficult such as using the hand for writing; however some large movements can be difficult as well such as walking. This can have an effect on the development of the child and make everyday life and activities very difficult.

Dynamic balance training to improve co-ordinationAbove: Dynamic balance training to improve co-ordination

What causes co-ordination problems in children?

There is often no identifiable cause for co-ordination problems but they can happen as a result of other conditions such as learning difficulties or behavioural disorders.

Co-ordination trainingAbove: Co-ordination training

What are the symptoms of co-ordination problems in children?

Some of the main signs to look for are:
  • Clumsiness
  • Tripping
  • Dropping objects
  • Trouble with handling objects

What can physiotherapy do to help children with co-ordination problems?

Physiotherapy treatment will mainly consist of movement exercises and practice to improve motor skills. Treatment will be very functionally based so that improvements can be made in everyday activities that are difficult for the child. There will also be advice on long term management of the problem so that it improves everyday life and development for the child and promotes independence.


Co-ordination problems can make everyday life very difficult for children and their development and independence can be greatly affected. Physiotherapy can help to improve co-ordination problems.

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