Although routine tasks such as brushing our teeth or tying our shoes can seem largely automatic, we actually use motor planning every day and, even for our smallest efforts. Motor planning allows us to instinctively know and remember the individual steps associated with particular movements, giving us the ability to walk without tripping, pick up items, write and draw legibly, get dressed, play games or wash dishes without thinking about the action. Motor planning requires both fine and gross motor skills, both of which need to be practiced regularly in order to become what most of think of as "subconscious".
This product selection includes a wide range of toys, games and tools designed to help develop motor planning in children of all ages and all abilities, including those with visual, spatial or sensory processing difficulties. We carry indoor and outdoor balancing activities, ADHD seating solutions, sensory swings for calming, stimulating or vestibular input and much more.
Motor planning might seem instinctual, but it requires a variety of underlying skills including observation and understanding, planning and organization in order to be executed flawlessly. That's why it's important to help your child engage with his or her environment as much as possible to the best of their ability. Our motor planning tools include products for the home, OT and schools, and are designed to develop the various skills they'll need to make better motor planning possible.
Work on the fine motor skills and help them gain the confidence they need in school with assistive tools such as the mini easy-grip scissors or the HandiWriter. We carry a wide range of tools, toys and games specifically designed for the fine motor element of motor planning. Games like this pegboard help kids to practice their fine motor skills alongside a range of other important skills such as shape recognition, matching, counting and more.
Encourage gross motor planning with products that incorporate balancing, hopping, jumping and vestibular input. Help them grow their balance and coordination skills with the Gonge Hemispheres or the Gonge Build & Balance Set. These products add to imaginative play activities as children plan out motor sequences, making them as valuable in the clinic as they are in school or at home.