WORD ABOUT FINE MOTOR SKILLS
We are often asked, "when are you going to work on fine motor skills?"
Sometimes we are asked, "when are you going to work on fine motor
skills like the other therapist did?"
we understand your concerns about fine motor skills and our kiddos have to use them everyday in school and in doing self care,
we take a different approach.
skills begin to develop when there is stability in the trunk of the body. A developmentally typical 6 month old can
hold that SUPERMAN POSTURE we are always talking about for 30-60 seconds. From that core stability comes the ability
to move at the shoulders, elbows and hands in a directed fashion
The next important thing that has to come into play for fine motor skills to develop is visual attention,
eye teaming skills, visual tracking and visual fixation. This goes back to working on reflex development. If a child
cannot visually attend or focus, fine motor skills cannot develop.
The first part of actual hand skills development starts with wrist extension and separation of
the ulnar (fingers 4 and 5 and half of 3) and the radial side of the hand (which is the thumb and first finger and half of
the middle finger). This is brought about developmentally by CRAWLING ON THEIR HANDS AND KNEES
Once you have separation of two sides of the hand, then cutting
and writing come into play. We could choose to work on just fine motor, but if we work on the underlying issues we also
get better visual motor, visual perception, hand dominance and lets not forget that all important reflex integration that
allows the body, eyes and hands to work together.
is why you don't see us sitting at a table working on fine motor very often. When we address the underlying issues the
fine motor comes along with many other skills that help integrate the entire body and affect many areas of their lives. Fine
motor comes without torture to the kid and without tracing letters. We feel its better for all kids and much more fun !!