Fine Motor Development and Literacy

This is a series of videos and online resources to help you understand more about fine-motor development in children, and how to help your child develop fine-motor skills to get them ready to handwrite and do other tasks with their hands. There are also videos on play and self-regulation.

Fine Motor Development

 

What are fine motor skills?    What Are Fine Motor Skills?

This video introduces you to fine motor skills and talks about why they are important for your child’s development.

Fine Motor Skills 0-12 Months   Fine Motor Development: 0-12 Months

This video describes fine motor development in children from birth to 12 months old.

Fine Motor Development 12-24 Months   Fine Motor Development: 12-24 Months

This video describes fine motor development in children from 12 to 24 months old.

 

Fine Motor Development 24-36 Months   Fine Motor Development: 24-36 Months

This video describes fine motor development in children from 24-36 months old.

 

Fine Motor Skills Development 3-4 Years   Fine Motor Development: 3-4 Years

This video describes fine motor development in children from age 3 to 4.

 

Fine-Motor Development: 4-6 Years  Fine Motor Development: 4-6 Years

This video describes fine motor development in children from age 4 to 6.

 

Fine Motor Skills and Literacy

Fine-Motor Skills and School   Fine Motor Skills and School

This video talks about the importance of fine motor skills for success in school, especially for literacy and handwriting.

Getting Ready to Handwrite   Getting Ready to Handwrite

This video introduces you to some of the key areas that children need to develop before they are ready to handwrite, and do other activities with their hands.

Handwriting Readiness   Handwriting Readiness

This video talks about 5 skills and abilities that children need to develop before they can write.

Upper-Body Development   Upper Body Development

This video talks about the importance of developing the upper body, in order to develop fine motor skills. It also offers some suggestions for how children can play and do activities to develop their upper bodies.

Wrist and Hand Development   Wrist and Hand Development

This video talks about the importance of wrist movement and hand strength when developing develop fine motor skills. It also offers some suggestions for how children can play and do activities to develop their wrists and hands.

Grasp   Grasp

This video talks about grasping, and the tripod grasp, which is the ideal grasp for handwriting. It also offers some suggestions for how children can play and do activities to develop their fine motor skills and work on their tripod grasp.

Hand-Eye Coordination   Hand-Eye Coordination

This video talks about the importance of developing hand-eye coordination in order to do tasks with your hands, such as handwrite. It also offers some suggestions for how children can play and do activities to work on their hand-eye coordination skills.

Other Videos

Hand Preference    Hand Preference

This video talks about handedness in children, and how to help your child know which hand they prefer to use. It also offers suggestions for how to help left-handed children be successful when they write and use scissors.

Play    Play

This video will talks about the importance of play on child development, and ways you can help your child benefit the most from play.

Self-Regulation    Self-Regulation

This video talks about self-regulation and stress in children, as well as ways to help children learn to manage their emotions and behaviours.

 

These resources were created by Angelika Kopec and Trina Oommen, second-year occupational therapy students from Queen’s University, in Kingston, Ontario, in collaboration with Deb Nesbitt-Munroe and Susan Ramsay from Kingston Literacy & Skills.