Motor Planning – is the ability of the brain to imagine an idea, then organise and carry out a sequence of unfamiliar actions. Think back to the early days of learning to drive – especially a manual car! You had to learn to change gears and move your foot between the clutch and brake – all without looking! Then you needed to work out how hard to press the brakes to stop in the required space and how hard to pull the steering wheel to negotiate the different gradients of each corner and curves in the road – but it didn’t stop there! You were then constantly assessing your movements – next time do I need to change the force, speed, direction and timing of my movements for smoother driving? For most people who have been driving for a while these movements are now all automatic – you are successfully motor planning. Now travel to another country where they drive on the other side of the road and you will very quickly realise what motor planning is all about as your brain initially struggles with the combination of unfamiliar movements! This is what it feels like for young children – the ability to successfully motor plan is a learned skill and Marianne Schriever in her article Motor Planning – what does it involve? cleverly describes this process and how each level of development plays it’s role in your child’s ability to motor plan.