In this section
Fine motor skills help us
pick up, use and let go of objects such as a pen or cutlery, and they help us manipulate objects in our
Fine motor activities
include drawing, cutting, doing up buttons and shoe laces. After a
brain injury, a child may have difficulty using their muscles
(including those in their hands) because of changes to
the signals that come from the brain to the muscles.
Either one or
both hands can be affected in a number of ways, including:
A child's ability to
perform fine motor skills depends on a number of things, including
muscle strength and coordination. A brain injury may also
affect sensation which could then affect the ability to
perform fine motor activities. Children who have had a brain injury
can have long-term difficulties with fine motor skills.
An occupational therapist
can assess children's fine motor skills and provide:
Developed by the
RCH Paediatric Rehabilitation
Service,based on the
Fine Motor Skills factsheet produced by the Brain Injury
Service, The Children's Hospital at Westmead.First published January 2007. Updated November
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