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Doctor insights on: Gross Vs Fine Motor Skills

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What are fine and gross motor skills?

What are fine and gross motor skills?

Little vs. big: Fine motor skills involve small movements (fingers, toes, lips, wrists, tongue) such as picking up a raisin, grabbing a cup. Gross motor skills involve larger muscles (arms, legs, trunk, feet) and big movements such as running, jumping, hopping, walking. ...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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 controlled by the brain?

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How are fine motor skills controlled by the brain?

Fine motor skills: The Primary Motor Cortex along the Pre central gyrus of the brain. ...Read more

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What are some causes of teen's gross motor skill developmental delays?

What are some causes of teen's gross motor skill developmental delays?

Started when younger: Gross motor delay doesn't start as a teen. Such delays would've been noticed and diagnosed long before (hopefully). However, if there is a loss of gross motor skill then a neurologist must be consulted to look into new onset neurological/neurosurgical problems - sooner rather than later. ...Read more

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How are motor sensory and perceptual skills developed?

How are motor sensory and perceptual skills developed?

By exploration.: Children develop their motor sensory and perceptual skills by exploring their environment. When they are very young they explore a great deal with their mouth and this is why we see them m outhing objects. As they learn to get around by sitting up and rolling they can see more of their environment. As they crawl, walk, and climb they discover all that they can about their world. ...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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Could neurofeedback help with aspergers. specifically motor skills and hand eye coordination?

Could neurofeedback help with aspergers. specifically motor skills and hand eye coordination?

No proven benefit: There are no randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled studies to support the claims of those who provide NFB to older kids & teens with Autistic Spectrum Disorder Level 1 & average or above IQ's. EEG Biofeedback has been used since the 70's. When kids with ASD/ADHD relax & focus on 2-dimensional figures on a screen, a preferred activity, they do well. It doesn't generalize outside the lab. ...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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