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Doctor insights on: Fine Motor Skill Activities For Kindergarten

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What are some activities for improving a child's gross and fine motor skills?

What are some activities for improving a child's gross and fine motor skills?

At what age? If < 3: years, seek evaluation from your state's Child Find Program if concerned; if 3-5, from your school district's Child Find Team. If school age, you may have to pay for private OT & PT evaluations. See developmental screens & age-appropriate tips on healthy children.org, www.moveforwardpt.com/Children/Activities/Default.aspx#.VP09A0ZHbCR, therapystreetforkids.com/fm-strength.html & other sites. ...Read more

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How do gross and fine motor skills improve throughout a child's development?

How do gross and fine motor skills improve throughout a child's development?

Brain development : from 3 weeks after conception - 25 years dictates developmental trajectory in all streams. Typically, neurons form, migrate to correct positions in the cortex & send out axons & dendrites in correct paths to transmit signals across synapses. From then on, environmental input is key, because experience- dependent neural activity, aka LEARNING, modifies synapses & eliminates unnecessary ones. ...Read more

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How do video games affect fine motor skills?

How do video games affect fine motor skills?

Video game players: improve their visual attention & eye-hand coordination, but they use navigation strategies reliant on the brain's reward system (caudate nucleus), not its spatial memory system (hippocampus). Resultant decreases in hippocampal structure (grey matter) & function increase risk of neurological disorders like Alzheimer's. Long-term studies using functional MRI's are needed to define degree of risk. ...Read more

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My 12 yr. Old son falls asleep doing schoolwork, homework, and chores; but is alert when watching t.V. Or playing video games, is this adhd?

My 12 yr. Old son falls asleep doing schoolwork, homework, and chores; but is alert when watching t.V. Or playing video games, is this adhd?

Maybe: Tv and video games are geared for a 4 second attention span. Most 2 year olds have longer attention spans than that. The 4 second attention span keeps your son alert via a neural reflex. It also lowers his attention span for the real world. Research states of those who watch 1 hour a day 9% will lower their attention span to add levels. 2 hours lowers 18% and 3 hrs 27%. Limit both to 45 min/day. ...Read more

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How do professionals gauge a childs motor skill developmental age?

How do professionals gauge a childs motor skill developmental age?

Comparison: These judgements are based upon reseach assessing thousands of kids patterns and generating statistical analysis. Then standard milestones are represented. Your pediatrician then compares your child's progresses to these patterns. ...Read more

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How are fine motor skills affected by autism?

How are fine motor skills affected by autism?

Usually affected: Most children with autism have fine motor skills that are delayed and for some they never catch up even with years of therapy. This can make writing difficult as well as buttons, zippers, socks and even flushing a toilet. When a child is young it is important to address with therapy but also to remember that there are often other more useful skills they can acquire in spite of this deficit. ...Read more

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What are normal gross and fine motor skills for toddlers?

What are normal gross and fine motor skills for toddlers?

Varies with age: An example of a gross motor skill is standing,walking.or stooping and recovering. An example of a fine motor skill is picking up a raisin with a neat pincer grasp between fingers. ...Read more

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What are normal gross and fine motor skills for a 3-year-old?

What are normal gross and fine motor skills for a 3-year-old?

Incomplete list here: Use Developmental Screens on first signs.org & healthy children.org. A 3-yr. old displays normal quality of movement to draw a circle & a cross, use scissors, hold crayon with thumb & fingers, throw ball overhand, catch ball using both hands, dress self (no fasteners), walk up & down stairs alternating feet, ride trike, etc. Public Schools' Child Find Teams assess kids age 3-5, free of charge. ...Read more

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How do gross and fine motor skills develop from age 0-3 years?

How do gross and fine motor skills develop from age 0-3 years?

It takes > 400 words: to give you specifics; see healthy children.org & firststeps.org. Gross motor develops head-to-toe from 0-12 mos. Fine motor develops from regarding one's hands at 2 mos. to hands in midline, proximal-distal. Grasp develops ulnar to radial, palm to thumb & index finger. Volitional movements require normal muscle tone & strength, vision, disappearance of primitive reflexes & "tummy time". ...Read more

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How are fine motor skills affected by intelligence?

How are fine motor skills affected by intelligence?

Learning is directly: related to cognitive ability; motor planning is an executive function. However, research done in Holland did not find a 1:1 correlation between IQ & fine motor (f.m.) skills. It did find an average 10-point decrease in scores on f.m. tests for every standard deviation or 15-point decrease in kids with IQ scores below 85. ~ 70% of people have IQ's of 85-115, the low-average- high average range. ...Read more

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My child shows fear of going to school.Age is 5.7years.Is not ready to leave classroom for pt and music lessons.No participation in oral sessions?Why?

My child shows fear of going to school.Age is 5.7years.Is not ready to leave classroom for pt and music lessons.No participation in oral sessions?Why?

Anxiety/A, Phobias/P: Part of normal development. 1.Social p: fear of contact with unfamiliar people, social isolation; desire of involvement w/family, familiar peers. 2.Separation a: unrealistic, persistent worries of possible harm befalling primary caregivers, persistent avoidance of being alone, complain distress. 3.School p. 4. Generalized a disorder: worries about future events. Encourage, talk; get counselling. ...Read more

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Occupational therapy for 12 year old with nvld. Very intelligent adult size boy who memorizes rather than writing due to difficulty writing?

Occupational therapy for 12 year old with nvld.  Very intelligent adult size boy who memorizes rather than writing due to difficulty writing?

May not help much: Occupational therapy can help people with fine motor control problems such as the ability to write, type, or otherwise use the hands, wrists, arms. If a child's brain is different, causing him difficulty in dealing with ideas, words, phrases, sentences, etc..., then it is not a motor skill problem, and may not benefit much from o.T. It may be worth a brief try, to see if there is improvement. ...Read more

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4year old who is hyperactive..Struggles with his speech and his motor skills are not at par but can count to 30 and does a 60piece puzzle?

4year old who is hyperactive..Struggles with his speech and his motor skills are not at par but can count to 30 and does a 60piece puzzle?

Peds neurologist: He should be seen by a pediatric neurologist. You describe several areas of problems. Some areas are perhaps doing quite well, whilst others are not. This bears investigation. ...Read more

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Is there a critical age where kids develop their motor skills?

Is there a critical age where kids develop their motor skills?

This is a yes & no: In normal development babies nerves mature enough for the skill to emerge, baby has the requisite nutrition and freedom to move & a skill emerges in a specified sequence.The pattern is head to toe, central to out.If motor nerves were injured, other nerves may come on line for a skill to emerge but may be delayed. Therapy can bring out some but not all skills. ...Read more

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Sudden onset of repeating oneself, difficulty writing> due to fine motor skills?

Sudden onset of repeating oneself, difficulty writing>  due to fine motor skills?

Writer's cramp: No single treatment strategy is appropriate for every case of writer's cramp. One of the most effective methods is adapting tasks to try to avoid triggering the dystonic movements--this may involve occupational therapy or using assistive/adapted devices. ...Read more

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Can glue ear affect your fine and gross motor skills?

Can glue ear affect your fine and gross motor skills?

Glue ear effects: Glue ears in a child cause hearing loss,can make them clumsy,but does not affect fine or gross motor skills,consider a neurological consult after glue ears have been treated effectively . ...Read more

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