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Occupational Therapy Motor Skills Resource Pack

The purpose of this resource pack is to give school staff and parents ideas to support their children to practise and develop skills prior to referring to Occupational Therapy. 

School staff and parents should work together and use this resource pack to help with developing an appropriate support plan as part of the Graduated Approach to Supporting Children with Special Educational Needs (SEN)- Assess, Plan, Do, Review. For more information visit:

This pack is intended as a guide only, and the strategies are appropriate for children with motor skills difficulties. The Occupational Therapy service should always be consulted if:

  • The need appears more complex than the solutions offered 
  • The child has a neurological condition e.g. Cerebral Palsy which may impact upon the appropriateness of strategies given 
  • The child has a degenerative condition and their needs are changing rapidly
  • There are safety concerns related to the activity or strategies provided

We hope that by providing advice and strategies at a universal level, a more specialised and targeted service can be provided for children who are presenting with complex difficulties.

The Occupational Therapy Service offers a Motor Skills and Self-Care Workshop which aims to help school staff better understand how to use this resource pack. School staff in schools in South and West Suffolk can self register for the workshop using their school email address – you can find more details on how to register here. Parents/carers wishing to register for the workshop parents should email to sign up - please write ‘Motor Skills Workshop’ in the subject line. 

How to use the pack:

  • Many of the ideas can be incorporated into Finger/Hand Gym sessions and Gym Trail sessions in school, but can also be incorporated into everyday activities in the classroom and at home during leisure activities. Many of the ideas can be delivered as whole school/whole class approaches and can be of benefit to many children and not just individuals with SEN. 
  • The recommended frequency of activities is detailed on the individual worksheets.
  • The activities should be carried out for a minimum of one school term to allow for progress.
  • Identify which difficulties the child is experiencing from the table below and then refer to the relevant worksheet.

Area of Difficulty

Refer to Worksheet

Balance, Coordination and Motor Planning


Ball skills


Sitting Posture


Attention and Focus


Scissor Skills and Using a Ruler


Pre-Writing/Early Pencil Skills




Organisational Skills


Dressing skills


Cutlery Skills




Teeth brushing


Washing Body and Hair


Managing Periods



What to do if expected progress is not seen:

  • If the child is not making progress and/or school staff/parents feel further advice is required then a referral to Occupational Therapy may be appropriate. The worksheet/record forms in this pack can be used to support the referral as they provide evidence of strategies already trialled. 
  • Occupational Therapy referral criteria for children with motor skills difficulties:
    • Children in Reception class to end of Year 7 can be referred by the school SENCO, Paediatrician or Physiotherapist, GP referrals are no longer accepted. 
    • Children who present with difficulties in 3 or more functional areas e.g. personal care (e.g. dressing, using cutlery), classroom-based fine motor skill activities (e.g. handwriting, using scissors) and/or gross motor activities (e.g. balance, ball skills, moving safely around environment). 
    • Evidence of strategies already tried must be provided with the referral. Please send a copy of the relevant worksheet with the referral form.    
  • The ICPS (Integrated Community Paediatric Services) referral form can be found at 

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b. Ball Skills

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c. Sitting Posture

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d. Attention and Focus

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e. Scissor Skills and Using a Ruler

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Last Year

f. Pre-Writing Early Pencil Skills

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Last Year

g. Handwriting

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Last Year

h. Organisational Skills

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Last Year


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This Year

i. Dressing

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Last Year
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