Fine Motor Development, Hand Function, Writing Skills
To provide a variety of hand function activities to promote children's upper limb stability and fine motor skills, develop a mature pencil grip and enhance their writing, tool handling and self-care skills.
Both hands are one of the most valuable tools for children to learn and explore their environment. The development of hand function affects a child's ability to manipulate objects with both hands and is therefore closely related to academic performance, self-care, peer interaction and play.
Abnormal muscle tone, poor stability or motor control of the trunk or upper extremities, sensory integration disorders that result in physical impairment, developmental delays, poor bilateral integration, sensory-perceptual immaturity and inexperience may all affect a child's fine motor and writing skills. Children with poor hand function may experience the following conditions:
Through appropriate assessment and activity design, the occupational therapist can assist the child in improving the following skills related to hand function development, which in turn can enhance the child's fine motor skills, writing skills and self-care:
Parents can also learn more about the development of children's hand functions, the core issues that cause children's fine motor and writing difficulties, and ways to train children's hand functions in their daily lives by reading Tuan-wen Wu's book, "The Hand Makes Perfect."