Fine Motor Delay

  • Fine Motor Delay

    Fine Motor Delay is any disruption or dysfunction in the coordination of the muscles, bone and/or nerves that produce small and precise movements of the hand. Fine motor delays relate to a child’s inability to function with their hands according to their age. Fine motor skills develop as a child’s whole body gains mobility, stability, cognitive, and social/emotional development.

    Problems often associated with fine motor delays include difficulties with handwriting, holding or placing objects accurately, coordinating eye-hand movements, and picking up objects with hands and fingers. This can impact the child’s ability to successfully manage self care needs such as manipulating clothing items and fasteners, tying their shoes, using utensils at mealtime, playing with toys, and participating in school activities.

    Occupational Therapy intervention can greatly improve a child’s fine motor skills with the right treatment plan geared to address each child’s specific fine motor challenges. Common activities and exercise areas can include:

    • Range of motion
    • Strengthening
    • Coordination
    • Dexterity
    • Learning specific skills
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