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Motor Behavior Goals and Objectives

The purpose of this section is to provide examples of goals and objectives that can be used or adapted for your child's Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) or Individualized Education Plan (IEP) in the area of motor development.

A basic principle of human development would suggest that any child with a disability who demonstrates a higher level of physical skill development generally has more opportunities to socially interact and learn from their siblings and peers through physical activity. The child with adequate physical skills will have a much higher likelihood of being invited to play with their peers and siblings resulting in a more active, happier child. Given this principle, motor skill development should always be addressed in your child's IFSP/IEP process and monitored regularly for progress. A general criterion to employ for monitoring progress is to observe whether your child is displaying more physical skills at home, in your neighborhood, and at recess and is initiating physical play more frequently in an appropriate way in all locations.

Example motor behavior goals and objectives by developmental level

For infants and toddlers with pediatric disabilities, motor development is typically addressed in the IFSP meeting by the pediatric PT or OT. In the IEP meeting, it can also be addressed by the PT or OT but input from the adapted physical education teacher is extremely valuable. The adapted physical education teacher is certified in physical education and receives additional training in motor development and special education. The adapted physical education teacher is responsible for teaching your child movement and sport skills they will use to play on the playground at recess and at home in your neighborhood with other children. They should also be able to give you information about resources in your community available for sport skills instruction (local summer camps, instructional programs or leagues, swimming programs, etc, that welcome children with disabilities). Take advantage of their expertise whenever you can.

Parents are encouraged to send us additional examples of IFSP and IEP goals and objectives they have successfully used with their child at different developmental levels.

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Center for Motor Behavior & Pediatric Disabilities
401 Washtenaw Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2214
(734)936-2607, Fax (734)936-1925

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