Fine Motor Development – Part 1

Hi everyone, it’s Jason.  I am taking a quick break from the kids at my clinic this morning and I wanted to talk to you about one of the three areas of development that we work on at our clinic.  Most everyone knows how to recognize a speech delay because it’s obvious when your child isn’t talking.  We can also easily identify a gross motor delay, because we can see when a child isn’t moving or walking correctly.

However, many times parents over look fine motor development.  Fine motor development is very important for a child’s ability to function on their own.  It’s much more than just handwriting problems.  Fine motor development affects a child’s ability to feed themselves, dress themselves, and various other important functions that they need to be doing independently.

The good news is that it’s easy for a parent to encourage fine motor development One of the things you can do is simply play with them.  There are various simple toys, nothing fancy, no electronics, that you probably already have at home or that you could get very cheaply to promote fine motor development.

One of those toys is a simple board game!  I know it doesn’t seem like this would encourage fine motor development, but you’d be surprised at how much hand control is needed to grip the dice, roll it and have the dice land on the board in the proper place.

Another great toy is a puzzle.  You can play and participate with your child as you encourage him or her to guide the puzzle piece in the proper place.  It may not seem like much, but it’s actually very helpful.

If you’ll pay attention to my website, and to my Facebook page, you’ll see more tips coming on how to encourage fine motor development.  The good news is that it can be very easy and it can be done with toys that you likely already have in your home.

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