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How do people with Asperger's Disorder suffer from motor-coordination skills?

Can you give me some specific examples? Having had Asperger's my entire life, I have no comparison between my motor-coordination skills and someone else's.

Not all people with Asperger's syndrome have poor motor skills, but it is common. Dyspraxia (which is a developmental disorder that affects motor learning skills) very often co-exists with Asperger's syndrome.

People with poor motor skills are excessively clumsy and have difficulty with many simple physical tasks like coordinating the movements of body parts, hand and eye coordination or judging distances etc.

I have Asperger's syndrome and dyspraxia. I very often drop things, spill drinks, bump into things, trip over things, stump my toes, cut myself by accident, fall when walking in stairs etc. I am very clumsy and have a lot of small accidents. I have problems with balance. I'm not good at learning new movements, such as dances, sports, new physical tasks etc. Some simple tasks are still difficult for me after doing them a thousand times. I don't seem to catch the same skill in them as other people and need to do them slowly. For example I still tie my shoelaces very slowly (and apparently in a funny manner) after 20 years of practice.

Those are just a few examples.

If you are excessively clumsy or seem to have more difficulty with motor coordination or learning new motor skills than other people your age, then you may have problems with your motor coordination and might benefit from consulting a medical professional about it.

If you don't notice having different motor skills than others your age, then you probably don't have a problem with it and needn't worry about it. Having Asperger's syndrome doesn't automatically mean you have problems with motor coordination. It is possible to have Asperger's syndrome and have normal motor skills.  (+ info)

What are motor skills, and why does multiple sclerosis affect it?

I understand that MS does cause a person's motor skills to be off whack, but why? Does it have something to do with lesions in the brain? The nervous system?

A good explanation of the de-myelenation is to think of the nerves in your brain as an an electrical cord. The plastic/rubber that protects us from touching the electricity inside the cord is the "myelin sheath." In MS the immune system attacks this 'rubber' coating around your nerves and makes holes in it. The electrical impulses then escape through the opening. The nerve impulses don't travel properly down the affected"cord" and basically your brain isn't able to transmit the proper messages to your muscles. The reason MS can go into remission is because your body can naturally (to a certain extent), repair this coating around the nerves, but not always back to 100%. Sometimes the MS is just so bad the body doesn't have the time or the ability to try and repair itself. I believe that the scar that is left after the body repairs the hole is called a sclerosis and that's where multiple sclerosis gets its name.  (+ info)

Is there a drug that would help adults learn motor skills faster?

Since I don't know much about medicine so is there a drug in existence? Like having the adult brain similar to young child so that he/she could learn motor skills fast.

Thanks in advance!

I disagree with the previous posts. There's a class of supplements known as nootropics, allegedly boosting the nervous system, aiding learning, amongst other things. I take vinpocetine daily. Seems to be OK. I also used to take piracetam. But I take so many supplements that my answer to, "How does [whatever] work?" is usually something like, "Hell, I can't tell which of these pills gave me the rash!"

Anyhow, check out the article I site below. Good luck.  (+ info)

Should I be concerned that my 2 year old does not have good motor skills?

My two old can not jump in place or push his feet to ride a bike or steer his powerwheel that is made for his age group he is very smart but when it comes to motor skills its like they aren't there should I be conceren or maybe he is just slow at picking this stuff up please help with each day I get more concerned.

Chances are he's just slow and will catch up, but there is no reason not to have him tested anyways, learning disabilities and autism are on the rise, and the earlier they are caught the better the outcome (my 4 yr old cousin we thought was just a bit slow was just diagnosed on the milder end of autism.) Call your local health department or school board, and testing will usually be free. No matter what there options to help him, and even autism doesn't mean there's no chance of a normal life. Good luck.  (+ info)

Why would someone be born without fine motor skills?

I am born without fine motor skills, and I have no idea why. I also have vision trouble, progressing through time. Which I have had glasses since I was one or two. Anyone have an explanation?
No my mother didn't drink, she still doesn't drink but she did smoke (Tobacco), but if that would have affected me woudn't that affect my height which is quite tall.

Everyone is born without fine motor skills. Some just learn them faster than others. I started wearing glasses when I was eight and probably needed them for much longer. I couldn't see the teachers writing from 5 ft away.

There's not necessarily anything wrong with you. You have some challenges and now you need to decide how to deal with them. Just like everybody else. Some things will be harder, some will be easier. Will you attack and overcome, or succumb and regret?

My uncle couldn't walk and cursed his life. He hated everything until he found something else to do and even had a little fun along the way.

Life is what you make it. Enjoy it, challenge yourself, and love those who help you.  (+ info)

list of fine motor and gross motor skills of a 6 year old?

i am doing a school project and we need to find out what the gross and fine motor skills of a child age 0-6 is and i have done 0 - 5 but i can't find anything about it. If i don't find any i will fail and have to repeat as this is the last assessment. please help i need as many fine motor skills as possible.

go to this website and you can also change the ages on it. this should give you plenty of milestones and motor skill info  (+ info)

Is it common for people with anxiety disorders to have problems with social skills?

I have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. I'm now taking Prozac, and my situation has improved by leaps and bounds. However, I've been told that I often come across as intense, abrupt, and matter-of-fact. I'm sure this is a result of my anxiety disorder, but is it common for people with anxiety disorders to have problems socializing?

I have major depressive disorder. Most people in my life consider me "distant".

I just don't have time or the energy for petty problems.

Things that most people consider important, I don't. Of course, that works both ways.

Sometimes I want to just pick up a bullhorn and bring attention to facts that others overlook.

I've been called stuck-up, when in fact, I'm not.
I tend to get really wrapped up in my thoughts and appear aloof.

I am not a party person. I prefer quiet time.
Things annoy the hell out of me, where many people wouldn't even notice.

I tend to get intense on subjects that I feel strongly about.

The plus side is- I spend a lot of time observing people, so I can empathize with almost anyone.
It does no good to tell people that you aren't rude.

You just have to show them.

Good luck!  (+ info)

toys for building motor skills in a one year old?

I want to give my son some fun toys that will help him build skills for his birthday.
I got him so high density EVA building blocks, and a hammer and peg set, but what else can I get him ?

Balls of all shapes and sizes
Push/pull toys (very short strings)
Drum with drumstick (there is a fabulous one made by Plan Toys)
Baby pool (those arms splash like mad!)
Boxes with things in them to take in and out
Books with tactile pictures (great for eye-hand coordination)
Crayons and paper (while supervised)
Pots and pans and wooden spoon for banging on
Tiny metal food prep bowls for picking up and banging together.
Puzzles (Melissa and Doug make some for one year olds)
Bead maze
Tunnel (made from nylon, super fun to crawl in and out of)

Hope this helps!  (+ info)

What are some ways to improve my 6-year-old son's fine motor skills?

His hand-writing is just awful and he can't tie his shoes yet. These are things that frustrate him so practicing those things is out. He needs to have some fun while honing these skills. I know putting beads on a string is one thing he could do but that seems a little too baby-ish for his age. Thoughts?

Play Dough or clay. Have him shape animals or something.
Get him one of those stress balls to squeeze all day long.
Tapping his fingers against his thumb many times a day.
Beads and string is a really great way, maybe you could get him dinosaur or car beads.
Piano lessons or just a keyboard to play on.
Hope this helps.
It's great that you notice and want to help your child!  (+ info)

Could my motor skills or handwriting specifically have been affected by the results of chemo therapy?

My handwriting seems different, sloppy or shaky most of the time. Has anyone experienced something similar?

Mine was/is. Also I had trouble thinking of words. I still have some of that. But the chemo thru me into menopause, so that could have had something to do with it, but, my doctor referred me twice for head CT's to rule out brain tumors. I was on cytoxan, adriamycin and taxol.  (+ info)

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