Fine motor movement plays a delicate role in our lives. The development of hand function can affect learning in school, self-independent ability, peer interaction and playing games.
The common symptoms for children who suffer from poor fine motor movement are as follows: dropping objects often, writing or scribbling too hard or not smoothly, abnormal pencil grip, poor performance putting on shirts or shoes (such as fastening buttons, tying shoestrings, zipping up), poor performance in crafts or assembly, taking a long time to finish homework, complaining about soreness while writing and etc.
Reasons affecting hand function development may include: sensory problem, muscle strength, position or motion control, motion planning, bilateral integration ability, etc. After an evaluation by an occupational therapist, he or she will offer a proper training plan and home exercises per case. Also, the book “Practice Makes Perfect” written by Wu Tuan-wen, CEO of Kickstart Sensory Integration Education Company, Limited, provides many fine motor training activities to practice at home. Thus, children can establish the foundation of hand stability (such as writing and hand operation ability) through many games and activities recommended in the book.
Hand function training may improve:
- Hand muscle strength or endurance
- Body control
- Hand motion control
- Bilateral coordination
- Inner palm coordination
- Writing, penmanship
- Tool operation or usage
- Life independence