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Doctor insights on: Fine Motor Skills For Children With Down Syndrome

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How does one get loss of fine motor skills?

How does one get loss of fine motor skills?

Depends: This depends on many factors. Most importantly, it depends on the age of the patient. If it is a baby or child, it could mean something completely different than if it were an elderly person. ...Read more

Dr. Kathryn Akin
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Down Syndrome (Definition)

Down syndrome is the classic presentation clinically of the congenital malformation syndrome also known as Trisomy 21. Classic features may include simian creases, epicanthal folds, upslanting palpebral fissures, flat nasal bridge, hypertelorism, low set ears, endocardial cushion defects of the heart, atlanto-axial joint instability, blood ...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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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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Can acute porphyria cause problems with fine motor skills?

Can acute porphyria cause problems with fine motor skills?

Acute porphyria: Muscle weakness can be a symptom can comes with exacerbation of acute intermittent porphyria. Fine motor skill difficulties alone is unlikely to be the result of acute porphyria. See your PCP for any concerns about fine motor skills. Here is info on acute intermittent porphyria. http://www.porphyriafoundation.com/about-porphyria/types-of-porphyria/AIP ...Read more

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Can you tell me examples of fine motor skills for toddler?

Can you tell me examples of fine motor skills for toddler?

Sure: These are movements made with small muscles of hands. Some of these skills are pointing, using both hands to hold a toy, building a tower of two blocks, scribble with a crayon, using a spoon with some spilling, taking off their own socks. ...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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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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How can I improve fine motor skills?

How can I improve fine motor skills?

At what age ? What : is the underlying neurological or neurodevelopmental cause? These determine what treatments may be effective. Assessment & therapy for visual-perceptual or visual-motor impairments are done by occupational therapists. If you have no problem, just trying to master a specific skill, practice, practice, The left hand's area of the motor cortex is larger in concert violinists than in the rest of us ...Read more

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What can I do to boost fine motor skills?

What can I do to boost fine motor skills?

Consult an OT: Consult and occupational therapist. Ots specialize in working with people who need fine motor training. ...Read more

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Is it possible that i'm losing my fine motor skills?

Is it possible that i'm losing my fine motor skills?

Yes but . . .: I can't diagnose any loss over the internet! my recommendation is to document your concerns w/your family physician and ask for referral to an occupational therapist for an evaluation. At the very least, you can determine your current status and use this as a baseline for repeat assessment in 6-12mo or so. If there's an obvious deficit, then your doc can initiate an evaluation and/or refer to neur. ...Read more