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Motor Skill (Gross Upper) (1A)

Gross motor deficits in the upper body involve impairments in the movement, strength, and coordination of the arms, shoulders, and torso.
Students with gross motor deficits in their upper body may have difficulty opening doors, turning their torso, raising their hand in class, or coordinating arm movements. Gross motor deficits in the upper body can affect students' participation in laboratory or performance-based classes. Some students who have a lack of control over their upper body will experience flailing of their arms or spastic responses when startled or attempting to control their arms.

Formal Diagnostics

Generally, gross motor deficits in the upper body will be apparent except in the case of spasticity or lack of muscle control that can be documented with a physician's letter.

Intake Questions

  • Under what circumstances do you believe you would require assistance in the classroom?
  • What accommodations or strategies have been effective in the past?


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