Clumsy child syndrome
- High levels of excitability, with a loud/shrill voice.
- May be easily distressed and prone to temper tantrums.
- May constantly bump into objects and fall over.
- Hands flap when running.
- Difficulty with pedalling a tricycle or similar toy.
- Lack of any sense of danger (jumping from heights, etc).
- Continued messy eating. May prefer to eat with their fingers, frequently spill drinks.
- Avoidance of constructional toys, such as jigsaws or building blocks.
- Poor fine motor skills. Difficulty in holding a pencil or using scissors. Drawings may appear immature.
- Lack of imaginative play. May show little interest in dressing up or in playing appropriately in a home corner or Wendy House.
- Limited creative play.
- Isolation within the peer group. Rejected by peers, children may prefer adult company.
- Left- or right-handedness still not established.
- Persistent language difficulties.
- Sensitive to sensory stimulation, including high levels of noise, tactile defensiveness, wearing new clothes.
- Limited response to verbal instruction. May be slow to respond and have problems with comprehension.
- Limited concentration. Tasks are often left unfinished.
- Difficulties in adapting to a structured school routine.
- Difficulties in PE lessons.
- Slow at dressing. Unable to tie shoe laces.
- Barely legible handwriting.
- Immature drawing and copying skills.
- Limited concentration and poor listening skills.
- Literal use of language.
- Inability to remember more than two or three instructions at once.
- Slow completion of class work.
- Continued high levels of motor activity.
- Hand flapping or clapping when excited.
- Tendency to become easily distressed and emotional.
- Problems with coordinating a knife and fork.
- Inability to form relationships with other children.
- Sleeping difficulties.
- Reporting of physical symptoms, such as migraine, headaches, feeling sick.
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