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Fine / Gross Motor

Fine Motor Skills

Fine motor skills refer to the way in which we use our hands to pick up and manipulate objects. These skills are required for day to day activities such as fastening buttons and zips, developing effective pencil skills, and opening packets, boxes or containers.

Children’s Occupational Therapists are able to establish where the difficulties lie and can then devise a programme for developing these skills.

Fine Motor Skills - Child Playing with Playdoh

Gross Motor Skills

Gross motor skills refer to how the child uses their strength, movement, planning, co-ordination and body awareness. These enable the child to successfully develop functional skills such as handwriting, manipulation of small objects, climbing stairs, throwing and catching a ball etc.

Occupational therapists can work with children who are experiencing a functional difficulty as a result of their gross motor skills.

Gross Motor Skills - Child Riding Bouncer

29th January 2011 | Karen |