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And the sooner he gets it, the greater his chances are for success.

Two or more of the following behaviors may indicate perceptual-motor difficulties:

• Constantly in motion – can’t sit still

• Always clowning or giggling

• Copies from board one letter at a time

• Resists trying anything new

• Shoulders and face tense while writing

• Has an unusual walk or run

• When writing, keeps other hand on lap

• Very tight grip on pencil

• Often unable to find objects in plain sight

• Seems in a dream world

• Leans head on desk or table when writing

• Easily distracted

• Falls down often and has trouble getting

• Keeps hands tense or arms in contact
  with body

• Changes hands rather than reach across
  his body
  • Has trouble staying in line, leans on
  other students

• Reverses letters or words – (b for d),
  (was for saw)

• When you give instruction, he always
  looks to see what other people are doing
  before he reacts

• Confused about position in space:
  “behind”, “before”, “beside”, “between”,
  “below” and “above”

• Cannot remember instructions –
  (what he sees or hears)

• Keeps one hand in lap when writing

• Tongue or other hand tries to “help”
  with most activities

• Wraps his legs around chair or table
  legs when sitting, or holds onto chalk
  rail with one hand when at the board

• Inconsistent – knows a word in one line,
  but not in another line

• Is clumsy, bumps into things, when
  running has trouble stopping


Linda Thompson • 602.843.8485 • ImproveLearningSkills@cox.net