Your child’s ability to handle daily tasks depends in part on the development of their fine motor skills. If your child is struggling with fine motor control, our caring occupational therapists are here to help. Keep reading to find out what fine motor control is, why it is important, and how it can be improved with pediatric occupational therapy.

What Is Fine Motor Control?

Fine motor control is the ability to control small muscle movement in the hands and feet. This includes the muscles of the wrists, fingers, ankles, and toes as well. Fine motor skills are vital for your child’s ability to handle daily activities such as brushing their teeth, writing, and feeding themselves. They are also important for children who participate in dance, sports, or other physical activities.

Using the muscles in the hands and feet requires the ability to coordinate complex movements. If a child is lacking the strength, flexibility, or precision necessary for these movements, their fine motor control will be delayed. This can make it more difficult for them to handle daily tasks and do well in school.

Common Signs of a Fine Motor Delay

Common signs of a fine motor delay include:

  • Trouble writing or drawing
  • Difficulty using scissors
  • Trouble tying their shoes
  • Poor hand-eye coordination
  • Difficulty grasping and using a pencil, doorknob, etc.
  • Struggles with using utensils like a fork or spoon
  • Trouble brushing their own teeth thoroughly
  • Challenges with getting dressed or undressed
  • Difficulty going to the bathroom alone
  • Frequently dropping things

How Fine Motor Delays Can Impact a Child’s Growth

Children with fine motor delays can have a hard time learning and taking care of their own needs. Without fine motor control, a child may have trouble writing, getting dressed, feeding themselves, or taking care of their own hygiene. Not only can this affect their academic success, but it can lower their self-esteem and confidence. That’s why early intervention is vital for your child’s overall growth and wellbeing.

How Can Occupational Therapy Improve My Child’s Fine Motor Control?

Our pediatric occupational therapists are developmental experts. We use proven therapeutic exercises, techniques, and activities to help children build their fine motor skills for success in school and beyond. We can also give you tips and activities you can do at home with your child to help them continue working on their fine motor skills between therapy sessions. With our one-on-one treatment and your support, we can work together to help your child become more confident and independent.

Benefits of Pediatric Occupational Therapy for Fine Motor Delays

If your child is struggling with their fine motor control, occupational therapy can give them the tools they need for success. This can lead to other incredible benefits such as:

  1. Improved academic performance
  2. Better handwriting
  3. Increased independence
  4. Better ability to play and explore
  5. Increased self-esteem
  6. Improved quality of life

Schedule Your Child’s Evaluation

Pediatric Therapy Partners has clinics in Bossier and Shreveport, LA, to meet your family’s needs. All you have to do is call us at (318) 746-1199 or fill out the contact form below and our Intake Coordinator will help you schedule your child’s speech therapy evaluation.

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