If your child has difficulties with tasks such as writing, drawing and cutting, it is highly likely they have poor fine motor skills. It is these skills which allow us to control the small muscles in our hands and wrists with ease. Fine motor skills activities include everyday tasks such as tying shoelaces, holding pens/pencils, cutting and doing up buttons.

Struggles with everyday activities

These movements are so natural for most people that we don’t even think about them. However for some, and especially for kids with dysgraphia, completing tasks that require the use of fine motor skills can be very tricky. For kids with dysgraphia, fine motor skills activities must be practiced and often cause frustration.

For a concise and clear overview of dysgraphia, click here.

Milestones

Children develop at different rates. However, there are general milestones which are usually met at specific ages – including fine motor milestones. These include being able to use cutlery and copying shapes and letters aged 5/6 and drawing and using tools such as rulers without becoming too irritated aged 9/10. If your child has poor fine motor skills, do not despair. There are so many things your child can do at school and at home to help.

Click here to find the best tools for dysgraphia

The list below contains suggestions for ways your child can strengthen their fine motor skills – often without even realizing they are doing so. Click to expand, or to download the list as a PDF file, click here

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For a list of fun activities for dysgraphia, click here and when you’re done,click here to find out which family games can help your child with their writing.

There are so many ways we can help our children both at school and home. If you or your child are struggling and you’d like some advice – or even if you’d just like a friendly ear, contact me at any time. I love to hear from you all xx

Here are some great deals on Amazon for toys and activites to strengthen your child’s fine motor skils, whatever the age.

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