Fine Motor Skills

Fine Motor Skills

What are fine motor skills?

Fine motor development refers to the movements that require precise, coordinated actions of small muscles. Fine motor skills usually involve the synchronisation of hands and fingers to complete tasks. There are many overlaps with visual motor control that refers to the ability to coordinate visual information with motor output for visually guided movements (hand-eye coordination).

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Reading with your child: start young and stay with it

Reading with your child: start young and stay with it

We love this article from Bernice Cullinan and Brod Bagert…

 

At just a few months of age, an infant can look at pictures, listen to your voice, and point to objects on cardboard pages. Guide your child by pointing to the pictures, and say the names of the various objects. By drawing attention to pictures and associating words with both pictures and real-world objects, your child will learn the importance of language.

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2017 updates in the clinic

Play and Early Development Talk & Rozelle Markets!

 

We are excited to announce that we will be participating in a community presentation at Rozelle Espresso on Wednesday 15th March at 10.30am. We will also be setting up a stall at Rozelle Markets – come along and say hello!

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Qualia is Now a Registered NDIS Provider 

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Qualia is Now a Registered NDIS Provider 

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was recently established to allow children and teenagers with developmental or participation difficulties access services such as occupational therapy. Childhood is such an important time for setting up how a person learns and develops and support provided early will give your child the best chance of reaching their potential.

How can the NDIS help your child?

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Pencil Pressure

Keep the Pressure Down!

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We see lots of children who are exerting excessive pressure through their fingertips and on the page when writing. There are a number of reasons why your child may be pressing too hard on the pencil or the page. This post will aim to give you some tips and tricks to try with your child to help reduce the pressure.

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10 things to do with a peg

 

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Therapeutic benefit of household pegs

 

Pegs are an easily accessible home resource that can be used to assist in the development of fine motor skills, finger strength, appropriate pencil grasp and functional tasks such as dressing and eating.

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Hair washing, brushing and styling

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Hair Washing, Brushing and Styling

 

Washing, brushing and styling one’s hair can be an incredibly tactile experience. These activities are a fundamental part of a child’s daily routine and can be really tricky for children who are more sensitive.

Here is a list of our favourite tools for hair washing, brushing and styling:

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Why do we care about handwriting?

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Why do we care about handwriting?

 

We are asked all the time about handwriting. “We use laptops and iPads for everything, why do I need to bother addressing my child’s handwriting difficulty?” It is a really valid question. However, writing is more than just drawing letters. When you add the cognitive strategy requirements (memory, planning, attention), semantics, spelling, reading, comprehension and vocabulary components it becomes possibly one of the most complex tasks a student is expected to do in the classroom. Difficulties with writing (such as idea generation or writing speed) might not actually go away by simply moving to a keyboard. Below is a list of areas of handwriting and ideas to address the difficulty:

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10 Quick Handwriting Warm Ups

10 Quick Handwriting Warm-Ups

 

Handwriting warm ups are a great way to get your child ready for writing tasks.

These only take 2-3 minutes to complete and can assist your child with getting their hand and finger muscles ready for writing.

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