Fine Motor Skills

 

What skills do ‘fine motor skills’ include?

  • Academics skills:

    • Pencil skills (scribbling, colouring, drawing, writing)

    • Scissors skills (cutting)

  • Play:

    • Construction skills using lego, duplo, puzzles, train tracks

    • Doll dressing and manipulation

    • IT use (e.g. mouse and stylus manipulation)

  • Self-care:

    • dressing – tying shoelaces, doling up sandals, zips, buttons, belts

      • eating – using cutlery, opening lunch boxes and food bags

        • hygiene – cleaning teeth, brushing hair, toileting.

What skills do ‘fine motor skills’ include?

  • Academics skills:

    • Pencil skills (scribbling, colouring, drawing, writing)

    • Scissors skills (cutting)

  • Play:

    • Construction skills using lego, duplo, puzzles, train tracks

    • Doll dressing and manipulation

    • IT use (e.g. mouse and stylus manipulation)

  • Self-care:

    • dressing – tying shoelaces, doling up sandals, zips, buttons, belts

      • eating – using cutlery, opening lunch boxes and food bags

        • hygiene – cleaning teeth, brushing hair, toileting.

How can you tell if my child has fine motor skill difficulties?

  • Avoidance and/or disinterest of fiddly finger skills.

  • Preferring  physical activity.

  • Interest in ‘passive’ activities. 

  • No interest in pencil or scissors skills.

  • Being ‘bossy’ in play and and asking others to  “draw a cat for me”.

  • Not persisting in the face of a challenge.

  • Reliance on parents to dress them or clean their teeth.

Why should I seek therapy if I notice difficulties with fine motor skills in my child?

What are Fine Motor skills?

Fine motor skills involve the use of the smaller muscle of the hands, commonly

in activities like using pencils, scissors, construction with lego or duplo,  doing up

buttons and opening lunch boxes.