Occupational Therapy -> Augmentative and Alternative Communication -> Motor Planning

Motor Planning

Motor planning requires an individual to plan and carry out a movement. Motor planning is important in using augmentative and alternative communication as it often requires motor skills from the eyes, hands, arms, etc. to push a button, sign, point, look at a specific object/visual, and many other actions.

Reference links

  • Interventions Within the Scope of Occupational Therapy Practice to Improve Motor Performance For Children Ages 0–5 Years: A Systematic Review 2
    Author: Tanner, Schmidt, Martin, & Bassi - Themes: Early intervention for children younger than age 3 yr, interventions for preschool children ages 3–5 yr, and interventions for children with or at risk for cerebral palsy. Occupational therapy practitioners may consider using NIDCAP, home-based parent coaching, massage, home programming, and CareToy for children younger than age 3 yr; video games, preschool programs, and movement breaks for children ages 3–5 yr; and EI, CIMT, and BIT or child- and context-focused interventions for children with CP ages 3–5 yr. Interventions for children younger than age 3 yr should actively include parents during interventions and in home program development. For children with CP, interventions should use components of motor learning, specifically emphasizing goal-oriented, activity-based therapy and frequent task practice. Citation: Kelly Tanner, Elizabeth Schmidt, Kristen Martin, Margaret Bassi; Interventions Within the Scope of Occupational Therapy Practice to Improve Motor Performance for Children Ages 0–5 Years: A Systematic Review. Am J Occup Ther March/April 2020, Vol. 74(2), 7402180060p1–7402180060p40. doi: https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2020.039644

Activity List(s)


  • Kiki is Flying Comic preview

    Kiki is Flying Comic

    Virginia Ingram, CCC-SLP

    Learn about Kiki’s unique way of flying and how an Occupational Therapist ends up working with Kiki. A great comic for OT month (or anytime you want to discuss what an OT does). Includes a blank co...

    Includes activity list


  • Kiki's Rainbow preview

    Kiki's Rainbow

    Bethany Ayer

    Fine Motor Resource. Cutting. Scissors. Occupational Therapy Resource. In the first activity, you can help Kiki put the rainbow back together by cutting out each color strip and placing them back i...

    Includes activity list


  • Draw a Pig With Kiki preview

    Draw a Pig With Kiki

    Bethany Ayer

    Drawing Resource. Occupational Therapy Resource. Use this resource to draw a pig. This can be used as a drawing, handwriting, and pre handwriting activity as well as for a visual-spatial exercise

    Includes activity list