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Fine Motor Development


Skillfully using your fingers is necessary for academic skills like writing and cutting, play skills like Lego construction and puzzles, and self care skills such as using zips and buttons, opening lunch boxes, tying shoelaces and cleaning teeth.

Occupational Therapists can help children develop the fundamental fingers skills that are crucial for academic, play and self care skill development.

Children who struggle with fine motor skills can have difficulties with:

  • Pencil skills such as writing, drawing, or coloring

  • Cutting with scissors

  • Tying shoelaces

  • Zippers

  • Buttons

  • Belts

  • Using silverware

  • Opening lunch boxes or ziplock bags

  • Brushing teeth or hair

  • Toileting

  • Building with construction toys like Legos or train tracks

  • Technology use

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