An Occupational Therapist works on a child’s fine motor skills along with other skills. Occupational Therapy as part of an early intervention program works on the functional aspects of motor and sensory development. An Occupational Therapist can work on the functional fine motor skills like eating, buttoning, wearing clothes, writing, holding pencil, turning the pages in a book, cutting with scissors etc.
A Few OT Activities for Fine Motor Skills Development are:
Beading with thread/pipe cleaners
Screwing & Unscrewing
Clipping cloth pins
Finger puppet stories
Putting coins in a coin box
Open/close jar lids/tiffin boxes
When children are unable to perform day to day tasks (as mentioned above) it has social implication for the child both at home and at school.
Age appropriate fine motor skills have a significant impact on how the child does at school, home and with his/her peers. Underdeveloped fine motor skills can have a negative impact on a child’s self-esteem, poor play skills and affect their academics too.