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Dynamics Therapy Centre for Kids
Issue 48 | April 2018
Fine Motor Skills

Children explore the environment and learn about things around them through play and often times, through the use of their hands. It is through touching, pulling, pushing and manipulating that children learn about the properties of objects and how to engage with them. Although it may appear like play, fine motor skills are inadvertently developed when children fiddle with toys and things around them.

Fine motor skills are the different intricate movements one makes with the intrinsic muscles in the hands. The small muscles in the hand work in isolation or tandem to allow for various grasps, grips and actions. It is important to teach and allow children to use their hands and fingers in different ways to increase dexterity and hand strength. It will prepare the child for writing and promote independence in self-care.

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There are many ways to promote the development of fine motor skills:

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Pincer grasp - Encourage child to self-feed cereal or small tidbits using his or her fingers. Parents or caregivers can pour out small amounts of cereal/tidbits so the child can pick up the food items one at a one.

Lacing - Create a necklace of beads/cereal (fruit loops) by chaining small beads/cereal on a string. Use larger beads and a thicker thread for younger children and smaller beads and thinner thread for older children.

Tripod grasp development in preparation for writing - Promote pick-up of small items (cotton ball, cereal, small toy pieces) with use of a tong. Ensure the fingers are on the tongs and not wrapped around the tongs.

Pinch strength - Increase pinch strength in fingers by having child squeeze clothes pegs. The clothes pegs may be labeled with letters of alphabet or the child's name, and he or she can arrange them accordingly.

Scribble Hand strength - Making different items using playdoh and molds allow children to explore the use of tools and utensils in a safe and fun way. Children can make food items and pretend to cut and eat it. Manipulating the playdoh also strengthens the muscles in the hand. Plasticine and modeling clay can be used for older children too.

Development of Hand Arches - Let your child play with sand and other items where scooping with hands is required. Playing games with the use of dice is involved promotes bilateral cupping of hands to throw the dice.

All of these activities will not only prepare your child for pre-writing, it will also help your child be more independent in self-care activities such as dressing and eating. These skills are important as your child prepares to enter school.

Dynamics Apps

Dynamics Therapy Centre has created apps for the iPad. The apps created include

ASD

Do and Don't

Now and Then

OT Goal Bank

Speech Goal Bank

Task and Reward

V-taskit

Education Made Fun! Click here to our apps at http://www.dynamics.com.sg/apps
Our Affiliates

Dynamics Therapy Centre for Kids is affiliated with:

Dynamics Speech

Dynamics Success Centre

Edunamics

Dynamics Psychological Practice

Early Intervention Programme

We have a large team of speech and language therapists, occupational therapists,
educational therapists, psychologists, teachers & all supported by our administration team.
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