Children who are identified as having difficulties with movement control are increasingly recognised as children with special educational needs. Some of these children will be at the extreme end of the normal distribution for motor skills: opposite to that of a Michael Owen/Denise Lewis and any of our other sporting icons. Others may have diagnosed medical conditions such as lax ligaments, low muscle tone or dyspraxia. Changes in attitude and understanding during the past decade have resulted in a new awareness of the effects that motor impairment may have on learning, self-esteem and social/emotional development.