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Key points

  • There are several types of motor disorders with different characteristics
  • Motor disorders are any condition that permanently limits normal body movement, posture and/or control
  • Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs) promote the development and use of effective speech, communication and language systems
  • SLTs promote the development of eating and drinking skills, ensuring safe nutrition and safe swallowing patterns

What are motor disorders?

Motor disorders are any condition that permanently limits normal body movement, posture and/or control.

Individuals with physical impairments often also have other impairments, such as vision and hearing impairment, as well as communication difficulties and dysphagia.

Related topic areas

Role of speech and language therapy in motor disorders

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

Resources

Giving Voice - Complex Needs in Special Schools

Key organisations