What are fine motor skills?
Fine motor skills begin to develop in infancy. Grasping, clasping, and pinching will gradually become bigger, stronger movements. Fine motor skills include the movements of the small muscles like holding a pencil or fork, zipping zippers, fastening buttons, and stacking blocks. Weak fine motor skills affect a child’s small movements (grip and grasp, for instance), strength, control, and agility.
How this weakness affects Autistic preschoolers
Autism causes weaknesses in many skill areas, including fine motor skills. Autism is a spectrum disorder, therefore children with Autism will each be affected differently. Some Autistic preschoolers may have greater weakness where others have skills near normal levels. A preschooler with weak fine motor skills will have problems meeting expected developmental milestones. Pre-writing skills like coloring and tracing, functional skills needed for everyday life, and even coordination will be hampered by weak fine motor skills.
Fun games and activities that develop fine motor skills
This post is part of the series: Preschool Activities for Special Needs at Home
- Helping Your Autistic Preschooler Better Manage Sensory Information
- Supplementing ABA Therapy with Autistic Preschoolers at Home
- Occupational Therapy Games for Autistic Preschoolers
- Fun Home Activities to Supplement Your Autistic Preschooler's Physical Therapy
- Help Your Autistic Preschooler Improve Speech Skills