How can you tell if my child has problems with planning and sequencing (praxis)?
If a child has difficulties with planning and sequencing they might:
* Have difficulty learning new motor tasks (requires more practice than their peers).
* Appear clumsy or uncoordinated.
* Be unable to perform the same skills as their peers (e.g. catch, kick, hop and jump).
* Be less skillful than their peers in sports.
* Be unable to follow multi-step instructions to complete a physical task (e.g. obstacle course).
* Be generally ‘disorganized’.
* Be late in reaching developmental milestones (i.e. sit, crawl, walk, run and hop).
* Move stiffly and lacks fluid body movement or alternatively looks awkward and appears clumsy.
* Avoid physical activity.
* Struggle to get themselves ready on time.
* Have difficulty collecting materials for school (e.g. getting out materials such as the right book for a classroom activity).
* Have difficulty collecting the materials needed for play activities.
* Have difficulty packing their bag for school.
* Appear lazy and does not complete work (when in fact they may not know how to start the task).
* Have difficulty getting thoughts down on paper.
* Be unable to plan and correctly sequence events or steps in a process (e.g. step forward before throwing).
* Fail to perform movement safely (e.g. climbing).
* Need to put in more effort than their peers to complete a task.
* Have difficulty knowing where their body is in relation to objects and people and frequently falls, trips, and/or bumps into obstacles.