Fine Motor Skills
Fine motor skills involve the coordination, strength and dexterity of the small muscles of the hand and fingers that enable a child to use a pencil, scissors and cutlery successfully as well as manipulating small objects including zips, buttons, shoelaces etc. Fine motor skills are vital in developing skills required at school, for self-care and feeling confident enough to play with others.
Children with fine motor difficulty may experience the following:
· Immature or distorted pencil grasp
· Difficulties with letter formation, alignment and spacing
· Writing speed is slow
· Mixed or delayed hand dominance
· Difficulties using cutlery, scissors, tying shoelaces, managing buttons and zippers
· Poor colouring and drawing skills
· Avoidance of writing/drawing and playing games requiring good fine motor skills and manipulation of small objects.
· drawing, writing and playing games that require manipulation of small objects and good fine motor control
· Poor coordination and strength of the hands