If you’re working with clients that have to move, it’s likely you’ve seen them: So called “Movement challenged, or motor morons”, whatever you want to call them. They leave many rehab specialists scratching their heads. No matter what techniques we try to implement, these patients just can’t learn to do what we expect. Well maybe it’s just the presence of a motor learning disability.
For years it has been accepted that people learn in very different ways, and the educational system has started to acknowledge that. They have also recognized for years that some people have learning disabilities. So should we start to think that these “people who just don’t get it” are actually struggling because they have a difficult time learning movement in a traditional way? It’s not reading comprehension, but it is still a skill and it is still learning.
We need to be teachers and think of creative ways to get people to better understand their bodies, and movement. Visualization, relaxation techniques, etc need to be utilized to get people ready to move their best. Learning is learning, and there are people who struggle with different aspects of it.
What are your thoughts? Do you struggle to learn new movements? What are your experiences as practitioners?