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At Hand in Hand Occupational Therapy of L.I., we are committed in educating parents/families/caregivers about the difficulties related to fine motor skills if left untreated. Fine motor skills consists of utilizing the smaller muscles of the hands, such as when dressing or using a pencil or scissor. Appropriate fine motor skills influences the quality of the task outcome as well as the speed of task performance. Fine motor skills utilize various independent skills simultaneously to allow proper ability to perform the task. Fine motor skills play a significant role in allowing the performance of everyday tasks, such as, self-care tasks including, dressing, undressing, brushing our teeth, or utilizing eating utensils. Children who lack the ability to perform appropriate fine motor skills can suffer with low self-esteems which as a result can cause poor academic performances and problems with living an independent life.
Therapy recommended for Fine Motor Skills difficulties at Hand in Hand Occupational Therapy?
At Hand in Hand, occupational therapists offer a wide range of therapeutic interventions to children with delayed development of fine motor skills. Occupational therapists provide diagnosis of fine motor skill difficulties when children display problems with, poor handwriting skills, poor self-esteem, and inability to master letter formation which as a result reinforces dislike towards a particular task. At Hand in Hand, we offer parents and children to engage in activities to help improve fine motor skills. These activities include; manipulations games (e.g. connect 4) to improve taking turns concept, play-doh where the fingers are utilized and not the whole hand, or Lego construction. Such activities focus on improving bilateral integration, finger isolation, enhance hand and finger strengths by using pegs or clips in play.
Benefits of therapeutic training of Fine Motor Skills at Hand in Hand Occupational Therapy
Therapeutic intervention for a child with fine motor skills difficulties provides;
- Improvement in both ability and persistence of fine motor tasks required for both academic and generic life skills (self-feeding, dressing, tying shoe laces, etc.)
- Enhances the development of handwriting to avoid under-performance for academic performance
- Increases performances of writing, coloring and cutting.