Do you take longer than others to pick up a new skill? When you’re learning dance moves or a sports manoeuvre, do you find yourself repeating instructions out loud? Have you ever been called ‘unco'?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have motor planning difficulties.
Simply put, motor planning involves thinking of a task, planning how to do the task, then doing the task in a coordinated way.
It helps us have coordinated and organised body movements and is therefore essential for learning new tasks. Motor planning also requires a good sense of touch, proprioception (body awareness) and movement.