Motor disorders: overview
Motor disorders are any condition that permanently limits normal body movement, posture and/or control.
- There are several types of motor disorders with different characteristics.
- Individuals with physical impairments often also have other impairments, such as vision and hearing impairment as well as communication difficulties and dysphagia.
- Speech and language therapists promote:
- development and use of effective speech, communication and language systems
- development of eating and drinking skills, ensuring safe nutrition and safe swallowing patterns.
View motor disorders sections:
- Introduction: characteristics, aetiology, vulnerability and risk issues.
- Role of speech and language therapy: assessment, diagnosis and management.
- National policy context: national policies, government reports and legislation from across the UK.
- Prevalence and incidence statistics
- Evidence and research
- Guidelines and supporting resources
- RCSLT Bulletin feature articles
- Useful contacts: RCSLT advisers; RCSLT clinical excellence networks; key organisations.
- Reference list
- Website contributors and date of last review
Cross-reference with other topic areas:
- Acquired motor speech difficulties
- Augmentative and alternative communication
- Brain injury
- Developmental speech difficulties
- Language disorder
- Learning disabilities
- Progressive neurological conditions