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Motor skills assessments

We provide motor skills assessments to children and young people for a broad range of needs.

Who is suitable for a motor skills assessment?

A motor skills assessment is suitable for children and young people aged 4 months to 25 years old who:

To book an initial discussion or to find out more about our motor skills assessments please contact us.

Motor skills assessment

A child carrying out a fine motor assessment using a peg board

What are the benefits of a motor skills assessment?

A motor skills assessment should help to identify the cause of any motor difficulties and lead to recommendations for support. The benefits which come from this include:

Increased understanding following a motor skills assessment will allow strategies to be put in place to help children and young people to be happy, safe and ready for life’s challenges.

What happens prior to a motor skills assessment?

A motor skills assessment can be carried out following an initial discussion, please see our process below.

Our process

At HSR Psychology we ensure that we meet the needs of children and young people. To achieve this we ensure that any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work, is only carried out following an initial discussion.

An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Having an initial discussion ensures any services we provide appropriately identify or address needs.

Our process for any specific assessments, intervention, or direct work is as follows:

Step 1: Contact us

We will usually be contacted by the child or young person, parent or carer, or another professional (eg education or health).

You can contact us or complete a referral

Step 2: Arrange an initial discussion

An initial discussion allows us to understand the background and your expectations of our involvement. Arrange an initial discussion

Step 3: Review our recommendations

Following an initial discussion we will send you an email that includes:

  • Next steps recommendations - to provide a bespoke package of support. For example:
    • Assessments
    • Reports
    • Information gathering
    • Meeting
    • Interventions
    • Consultancy
    • Reviews
  • Costing - we will provide costings for any services recommended.

Step 4: Let's get started

On receipt of the next steps recommendations and costing you can decide how to proceed. Once you have decided contact us to arrange the chosen services.

What happens during a motor skills assessment?

A motor skills assessment varies depending on the age of the child or young person and will be age appropriate. Motor skills assessments involve a mixture of physical activities, questions, drawing and writing.

Which motor skills assessments do we use?

The specific assessments used will be chosen based on the individual. The main motor skills assessments we use are:

  • Bayley - Bayley scales of infant and toddler development can be used from 4 months old and can measure; motor and language abilities
  • MfunPS - Miller function and participation scales can be used with children and assesses; visual, fine and gross motor performance, and participation
  • GOAL - Goal-oriented assessment of life skills is used to measure both fine and gross motor skills
  • Movement ABC-2 - The movement assessment battery for children can identify delays or impairments in motor development
  • DASH 17 - Detailed assessment of speed of handwriting, measures; precision skills, fine motor skills and producing symbols
  • Schoodles - Schoodles is a school fine motor assessment
  • Beery VMI - Beery-Buktenica developmental test of visual-motor integration measures motor co-ordination ability

There may be times when the motor skills assessment would be best carried out by one of our in house occupational therapists (OTs), if this is the case then we would inform you during the initial discussion.

What happens after a motor skills assessment?

After a motor skills assessment recommendations can be made due to an increased understanding of a child or young person’s motor needs. These recommendations may include strategies or activities to complete at home or school, or an intervention.

Does a motor skills assessment come with a report?

Reports are available outlining the results of the motor assessment and any recommendations. We provide a range of reports to best suit individual needs. Read more about the reports we offer.

A motor skills assessment identifies a child or young person’s motor needs, which leads to recommendations.

Arrange an initial discussion.....

Arrange an initial discussion to find out how we can benefit your education setting. The initial discussion lasts 2 hours and is a starting point to identify needs. The cost is £300.

  • No waiting lists
  • Experienced psychologists
  • Includes recommendation summary

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Ready to get started? The next step is to speak to our team to find out more about the services we provide and how we can help. Call us on 0161 820 9229 or email

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