Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Teeny Tiny Motor Movements

Tying shoes, turning pages, using a fork, picking up toys, throwing a ball. These are all the tiny fine motor movements of a young child. The ability to use hands and fingers with confidence is important for young children.  These small muscle movements fun to watch develop and there are so many activities you can do with your child to help them as they improve their fine motor control. If you want to track your child's fine motor development, click here!

For example, one question asks  “Does your 2 month old grasp your finger if you touch the palm of her hand?” or for a 14 moth old,  "Does your baby throw a small ball with a forward motion?"

Fine motor milestones
 Birth to 4 Months
Regards colorful object momentarily
Moves arms symmetrically, Brings hands to mid-line
Follows with eyes moving person while in multiple positions
Grasps toy actively

4 to 8 Months
Looks at distant and smaller objects. Can follow with eyes w/o moving head
Reaches for objects with both arms
Retains small object in both hands
Rakes at small objects

8 to 12 Months
Bangs 2 toys together at mid-line
Takes objects out of container
Releases objects voluntarily
Pokes with index finger
Uses crayon, tries to imitate scribbles

12 to 18 Months
Scribbles spontaneously
Puts 3 or more objects in container, dumps container to retrieve objects
Builds tower with at least 3 blocks
Points with index finger
Uses neat pincer grasp

18 to 24 Months
Imitates vertical and circular drawing strokes
Builds tower with 4+ blocks
Attempts to fold paper

24 to 36 Months
Holds crayon with fingers and thumb, imitates simple forms (cross)
Strings large beads
Snips with scissors
Folds paper in half
Imitates multiple forms with blocks

Doing fine motor activities together helps you as a parent observe your child's progress and strengthen your relationship and attachment. Check out our previous posts for great ideas of things you can do with your child to help improve their fine motor skills such as: cooking together, Parent-Child Yoga, or even making snow with scissors

The following provides a basic outline of fine motor developmental milestones. Remember each child is developing individually, so don’t become discouraged if your child is not on track in all elements. If you are concerned about the progress of your child, contact us here.

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