Motor-skill learning is the process by which an individual gets to acquire precisely adjusted movements where the amount, direction and timing of response are in tandem with the variations in the regulating stimulus (Terry, 2009, p. 1). For instance, the skill of playing a game like tennis requires accurate and timely movements in response to the changes stimulating conditions usually when anticipating stimulus changes. It should be noted that any kind of motor skills usually have accompanying perceptual and cognitive components (Terry, 2009).
This implies that the combination between perceptual are motor skills are integral in activities like drawing, and writing (Pica, 2008, pp. 1-3). Thesis Statement: Motor skills’ learning is significantly influenced by the physical fitness of a child. Motor Kills Learning To assess the coordination of motor-skills learning and declarative learning requires a comparison among neurologically impaired children (Pica, 2008, pp. 1-3). For instance, tracing a mirror takes place normally among the Alzheimer’s dementia children (Terry, 2009).
This happens despite the fact that these children have a big impairment in tasks requiring declarative memory like words recall. This means that children with certain movement diseases like the Parkinson’s disease are very much disadvantaged with regards to motor learning (Pica, 2008, pp. 1-3). The other important issue in motor skills learning is the spacing of the practice sessions. If the practice sessions are better distributed the practice sessions are likely to yield better results. This means that spaced training in motor skills learning is likely to produce better results (Terry, 2009, p. 344).
Research has also shown that skill learning is improved significantly when the learning period is followed by some good uninterrupted sleep. The rationale for this is the theory that some brain processes took place when a child is asleep. These processes which take place during sleep transform memory into a form which is long-term and stable (Pica, 2008, pp. 1-3). Effective learning depends on sustained and repeated processes. Thus scholars have suggested the use of robotic mechanisms to as way of imparting motor skills from one individual to the other (Varadharajan, 2006. p. 1).
This would require haptic training; the use of kinesthesis and proprioception. Kinesthesis refers to the sense of position and movement a human being has while the propriocentive cues arise from the receptors found in the joints and muscles (Varadharajan, 2006. p. 1). This method has been found to be especially effective in training the temporal aspects of an activity (Varadharajan, 2006. p. 4), thereby suggesting that haptic training can aid in the development of motor skills.