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Gaining Independence One Finger At A Time: Why fine motor skills are important

Fine motor skills will gradually get stronger over time with your child with the right support and exercises. Still unsure of what the best measures would be to help your child develop their fine motor skills? Then consult with our occupational therapy team!

Introduction

Everything we do starts with our hands. All of those small muscles in our hands, fingers, and thumb are the very key to establishing our independence from the day we’re born. Your fine motor skills are what help you to feed yourself, dress independently, write, draw, etc. This ability to provide self-care is what allows us to feel confident and independent.

That’s why the importance of establishing strong fine motor skills starts in early childhood. Fine motor skills get stronger with precision and exercise just like any other muscle and as a child practices these skills as they move through childhood there’s an increase in self-esteem and confidence. But what happens if your child struggles with these skills?

Activities to improve fine motor challenges

Some children with special needs such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Downs Syndrome, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorders, etc. may struggle with performing tasks that require the use of that skill.

The inability of a child to perform tasks such as cutting along a dotted line with scissors, zipping their jacket, or writing their name can make them feel frustrated, and could avoid performing these tasks all together because it’s too difficult for them.

If you notice that your child might be having difficulty with their fine motor skills, here are some fun and engaging activities to help them develop their skills more:

  • Drawing
  • Playing with play dough
  • Dressing dolls
  • Writing
  • Puzzles
  • Building with legos or blocks
  • Practicing tying their shoes
  • Practicing feeding themselves and cutting their food
  • Brushing their teeth

And so many more ways to help them strengthen their muscles and precision while having fun and building their confidence.

How can we help with fine motor skills?

Fine motor skills will gradually get stronger over time with your child with the right support and exercises. Still unsure of what the best measures would be to help your child develop their fine motor skills? Then consult with our occupational therapy team!

Fairfax Pediatric Therapy offers programs with fun activities to help your child to adapt to their daily challenges and alleviate the frustration that may occur as a result. Schedule your consultation with us today!

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