‘Motor skills’ describes our ability to control and coordinate movements. This can include fine motor control (e.g., small movements of the fingers and hands) and gross motor control (e.g., large and coordinated movements of the trunk, arms, and legs).
Some neurological and developmental disorders can make learning and mastering new motor skills more challenging. For example, kids with cerebral palsy and acquired brain injury (e.g. following a stroke) might find it challenging to control and coordinate both fine and gross motor skills. Kids with autism spectrum disorder can be clumsy and could find it challenging to coordinate complex movements.