Developmental Red Flags
An early childhood intervention/ development therapy referral
may be appropriate if your child is exhibiting any of these red
- Not able to snip with scissors by 30 months
- Excessive mouthing
Thankfully, there are many ways to deal with delays in child
development and behaviors.
These include in-home services, outpatient (you take your child
to a clinic), inpatient (following injury or surgery) and school
based services. Which type of therapy should you choose?
Visit our Therapy
Options area to learn more.
Ask a Therapist
We understand developmental milestones and the challenges of
Special Needs children. We spend a great deal of time with
families understanding the inner workings of childhood routines
and interactions. Ask us about your child today!
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Fine Motor Skills for Toddlers
By 30 Months, Most Babies can:
- Fold paper in half
- Imitate simple pencil markings, such as a cross
- Build a tower up to 8 cubes
- Understand common dangers, such as stairs
Parenting Tips for Fine Motor Skills:
You can help with toddler developmental milestones. Suggested play to
help a toddler 24 to 30 months of age develop fine motor skills:
- Fresh squeezed tastes best. Cut an orange in half and then show your
toddler how to squeeze the juice from the fruit. After your toddler is
done twisting back and forth, pour the juice in its cup. Yum!
- Flip fake pancakes. Give your child a small spatula, skillet and
sponge. Cut the edges of the sponge so it's shaped like a pancake. Show
her how to flip the pancake and then feed it to one of his or her
- Play "what comes next?" Draw a line on a piece of paper. Ask your
toddler to continue the line and decide where it should go, alternating
between straight lines, squiggly ones, zigzags, and spirals.
- Create a book of favorites. Make a book by stapling together a few
sheets of his or her favorite color of paper. Provide safety scissors to
cut pictures out of magazines and glue them onto the pages. Then,
decorate the pages with stickers.
- Bath time means play time. Squeezing really helps strengthen the
muscles in the hands and fingers. Look for squeeze toys to add to the
tub. Even squeezing the water from a wash cloth can be fun.
Fine Motor Skills by Age Group
'Fine motor' refers to the development of small muscle movements of the
hands. Fine motor skills develop as your child's whole body gains mobility,
stability, cognitive, and emotional/social development. Fine motor skills
that come to mind are shoe tying, writing, and cutting paper with scissors.
Find Early Intervention
Support contacts in your State. If you have a question or comment for
us, please visit our Contact page.
Early Intervention Helps with Developmental Delay
For children with Special Needs, intervention in early childhood
development means finding specific ways to help a child become as functional
Learn more on our Parenting
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