A motor skill is the ability to move your body to carry out a task. Motor skills require the brain, nerves, skeleton, joints, and muscles to work together.
There are two types of motor skills:
Most motor skills are developed in childhood. Children usually develop gross motor skills before fine motor skills. Birth defects, injuries, and diseases can cause problems with motor skills.
Strength, the ability to see and hear, the chance to practice a skill, and support (encouragement) from others are some of the things that can affect the development of motor skills.
Current as of: February 10, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Susan C. Kim MD - Pediatrics & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & John Pope MD - Pediatrics
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