Perceptuo-motor difficulties in children — theory and remediation

  • Dorothy E. Penso
Part of the Therapy in Practice Series book series (TPS)


For many generations there have been children who were described as, ‘butter fingers’, ‘all fingers and thumbs’ or ‘His fingers are all thumbs’ (Brewer, 1978). Children have been told to ‘put their tongue away’ when it has been protruded during some intricate fine motor task and was mirroring the movements of the hands. ‘Wipe your mouth’, children have been told as they drooled while applying themselves to an exacting task. Countless young people have been described as having ‘two left feet’, as being ‘too slow to catch cold’ of ‘looking awkward’ when observed performing some complex gross or fine motor task. Such children will almost certainly have been described as ‘clumsy’ on more than one occasion. ‘Clumsy’ is a word derived from Norwegian, klummsen, which means benumbed, which is pretty much how some such children must feel when attempting some complex tasks or practising precise skills.


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© Dorothy E. Penso 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dorothy E. Penso
    • 1
  1. 1.Child Development CentreYork District HospitalYorkUK

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