Fine motor skills guide the small movements of the hand and fingers that allow your child to write and draw. For example doing up buttons and zips or cutting with scissors. When these skills are under-developed, your child may struggle to be independent or you may notice they are not as confident as their friends.
Occupational Therapists may be asked to assess your child's fine motor skills. This will often take place in school and they can provide resources to help develop fine motor skills.
With guidance from your occupational therapist, you can use the activities and exercises below to help to develop your child's fine motor skills.
Children's Occupational Therapists work with children from birth to 18 (or 19 if attending Complex Need schools). If your child or young person is under the Occupational Therapy teams, you can speak to them about any questions you may have.
If you think your child requires specialist support, please speak to their GP.
If you have any questions about your child or young person's general health or development, you can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.
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