22q Deletion in the Classroom: Motor and Sensory

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Motor and Sensory

What You Need To Know

  • Motor and sensory abilities in children with 22q deletion syndrome may be delayed.
  • Poor muscle development in children with 22q deletion syndrome may lead to delayed motor milestones.
  • This can lead to coordination problems that can persist into adolescence. Children may find it difficult to perform tasks that require dexterity and control of movements.
  • Children may struggle with visual information to guide their actions. They may find it difficult to perform tasks requiring spatial awareness.
  • Copying down text is difficult, as it requires coordination and the ability to hold information in memory for the short term.

What You Can Do

  • Occupational, speech and physical therapy may be helpful for motor development, feeding and swallowing, etc.
  • Visual instruction may work better than verbal.
  • Limit written homework

This information is provided by GEMSS -Genetics Education Materials for School Success: The New England Genetics Collaborative is funded by Cooperative Agreement No. U22MC10980 between the University of New Hampshire and the Health Resources and Services Administration/ Maternal and Child Health Bureau/DSCSHN Genetic Services Branch.  To vistit the GEMMS website CLICK HERE

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