Concerned about atypical development of a toddler or
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?
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Options area to learn more.
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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 Preschool Children
Most Five Year Olds Can:
- Cut on a line continuously
- Copy a cross
- Copy a square
- Print some capital letters
Parenting Tips for Fine Motor Skills:
You can help with your child's developmental milestones. Suggested play
to help developing fine motor skills in a child 54 to 60 months of age:
- Make a family portrait. Encourage your child to draw a picture of
the family. When he or she is done, ask them to tell you about the
- Wrap it up. Give your child a small sturdy box, some newspaper or
wrapping paper tape and ribbon. Let your child practice wrapping the
box. Later they can wrap a real present for a friend in their very own
- Color the sidewalks. Decorate your sidewalks with beautiful chalk
drawings. Colorful chalk can be found at any toy store and some
supermarkets. Don't forget to remind your child to sign its name!
- Make lacing cards. Using safety scissors, your child can cut out
simple pictures of familiar things from magazines and glue the pictures
onto the cardboard. With a paper punch, punch several holes around the
outside of the picture. Tie a shoestring or heavy piece of yarn through
one of the holes. Make sure the other end of the string has tape wrapped
around it to make a firm tip. Your child can sew in and out around the
edges of the card.
- Make a map. Draw a large square for your child. Ask your child to
make a map of its room, showing where the bed, dresser, etc. are
located. After making a map of the room, your child can make one of the
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.
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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
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