“Small things lead to big changes”! Allen Hershkowitz
Many of your child’s daily activities—like getting dressed, eating, and writing, washing, holding, picking —require control of small muscles in the hands. We call these skills fine motor skills.!
When thinking about Fine motor skills, these are the skills that involve a pure use of the small muscles of the body which control the hand, fingers, and thumb.that means all the refined precise movements performed majorly finger thumb and hand muscles. Fine Motor Skills are the skills used when you move your hand to do multiple tasks.
Fine motor skill efficiency significantly influences the quality of the task outcome as well as the speed of task performance.
“Fine motor skills have an impact later on maths, science and reading achievements “!
Fine motor skills are integral to a child’s development as they play a crucial role in the child’s ability to perform everyday self-care and school activities like writing, feeding oneself, buttoning, and zippering, opening lunch box, holding a spoon, writing and utilizing scissors. If these skills are inadequately developed, it may impact the child overall development, self-esteem, and dependency level as their ability to complete basic life skills is compromised. Like any muscle, these small muscles in the hand need to be built up to develop strength and dexterity
These abilities gradually develop through experience and exposure to a variety of toys, materials, and even foods. We, as parents or caregivers, can help this process by encouraging children to play, explore, and interact with a variety of items. 0-5 age period is the crucial developmental stage where these skills are acquired. How your child develops in this period will play a key role in how they progress through the rest of their life!
Fine motor skills are crucial!
“Its like tea without tea leaves ”! As tea is incomplete without tea leaves, similarly fine motor skills serve as the key role in the development of the child no motor how many milestones have child achieved but if he lags behind in any of the milestones its needs to intervene first and carefully examined.
Difficulties can often be noticed when a child avoids participating in certain activities at home or preschool. At times difficulties are not recognized until the higher demands of fine motor skills at school required for tasks such as handwriting and cutting.
Children who have developmental disabilities and physical disabilities may have greater difficulties with fine motor performance and activities due to the quality of their movements and control. Difficulties with fine motor skills often aren’t identified until preschool when teachers see that kids are struggling. There are things schools can do to help, however.
How can you tell if a child has fine motor skill difficulties!
Developing fine motor skills for preschoolers begins quite a few years before they turn five. As soon as a baby begins to grab at a simple object, they are beginning to hone their fine motor skills. They certainly haven’t mastered them yet, but they’re trying. And eventually, they end up succeeding.it means some milestones are present at birth only when you see your child grabs your hand. As they become toddlers, their fine motor skills become even more precise. They begin to refine their gripping skills and the various muscles in their hands for grasping.
Developing fine motor skills for toddlers is so important. It takes work to strengthen the required muscles in the fingers, and as parents, we can help to give them the opportunity to practice these skills.
Development of fine motor skills
Children or individuals who have significant trouble with performing fine motor skills exercises are often referred to an occupational therapist (OT). The OT works with the child and their parents, caregivers , and/or teachers to formulate a therapy plan to address the child’s individual needs. Depending upon sensory needs associated with children who are lacking behind in fine motor skills occupational therapists, special educators both work synchronizing to adopt different strategies and adaptations to overcome the problems associated with developmental delays, fine motor skills.
Although the therapy differs between individuals, progressing the development of fine motor skills usually involves:
– Identifying which hand is dominant for the child and emphasizing its use to improve performance, whilst also practicing using both hands to complete activities
– Practice using individual fingers (not all fingers at the same time)
– Incorporating the use of pegs or clips in play to promote finger and grasp strength
– Beading, threading or lacing tasks
- Associated difficulties with the children facing right now.
– Tasks involving construction that involve pulling and pushing exercises with the fingers
– Games involving manipulation skills such as Connect 4 or picking up small objects
– Various craft activities using scissors, tape, implements (e.g. jars) with screw lids
- Sensory need associated with the child
– Encouraging participation in fine motor tasks to enhance the enjoyment
Remember no two children think, achieve, learn, and develop alike are not the same. The pattern of development can be different say like one can preceded further days forward others may achieve serval days or week ahead!
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