Delayed Fine Motor Development
By a certain age, most children are able to sit up, stand, walk, run, and use other parts of their body such as their hands, lips, tongue, feet, and wrists to make small movements. Seeing your child accomplish these things and develop their fine motor skills is such an exciting feeling. However, if they are not meeting these milestones, it can be very worrisome and confusing to know the next steps to take to help them as they grow.
Here at Therapy Care in Batavia, our pediatric occupational therapists are trained to recognize and treat symptoms of delayed fine motor development in children. If you suspect your child is having difficulty doing certain things at their age, contact our clinic today to set up an evaluation.
What are fine motor skills?
Fine motor skills are what allow children to use the small muscles in their hands and wrists. If a child is struggling with fine motor skills, it will show in the way they try to write or pick small items up. Fine motor skills develop over time, and the rates at which they develop can differ from person to person.
For some children, the development of their fine motor skills can be delayed, which will require extra work and attention from a parent and medical professional so that they can keep up with the abilities of their peers.
Your child may be experiencing a delay in the development of their fine motor skills if they exhibit any of the following:
- Poor hand-eye coordination
- Trouble picking up and holding onto objects
- Unexplained clumsiness
- Avoidance of quiet, independent activities that require them to hold a pencil, crayons or eating utensil
- Trouble with drawing on paper, playing with toys
If you notice any of these occurring, it can be easy to get stressed out and worried over the future of your child’s growth and development. Therapy Care’s pediatric specialists know how to help improve your child’s fine motor skills.
How can a pediatric therapist at Therapy Care help?
Pediatric therapy in Batavia offers a variety of treatment options to meet each child’s specific needs when it comes to addressing delays in fine motor development. Oftentimes, a child’s inability to develop the proper skills does not always point to an issue in their hands. They need proper core and shoulder strength as well.
When children come to our Batavia clinic for a delay in fine motor skill development, our therapists will make sure to do a full assessment to find out if there is an underlying cause to their problem.
Handling manipulatives and toys may help those who need to improve their fine motor skills. Other activities your child may learn to do at our clinic include:
- Shoulder strength exercises
- Exercises for improving hand strength
- Hand-eye coordination games
- Activities to improve their ability to grasp items
Don’t wait any longer
If you think your child has a delay in their fine motor development, call Therapy Care in Batavia today to learn more about our pediatric therapy services and how they can help your child gain the necessary skills to keep up with their peers.