HANDWRITING ! LET'S GET READY!. Fine Motor Principals. Stability before mobility A. body B. furniture Sensory supports Motor Proximal to Distal (large to small) Palm to finger Hands used together Hands used separately Developmentally ready!. Birth to 3 months.
Stability before mobility
Sensory supports Motor
Proximal to Distal (large to small)
Palm to finger
Hands used together
Hands used separately
6-9 Block tower
Catches small ball
Moves individual fingers
Turns door knob
Two Year olds do not have perfect controlled release of their fingers.
Copies a circle
Imitates a square
Threads large beads
Unbuttons large buttons/unzips
Uses glue with supervision
Cuts straight line
Build tower of 10 blocks
Doesn’t have hand muscles developed enough to write name
Cuts out 2 to 3 inch shapes
Makes marks to represent name
Strings small beads
Uses static tripod grasp
Uses finger to act out simple songs
Puts together simple puzzles
Draw a person with facial features
Builds steps with blocks
Uses tools with little supervision
Draws specific objects: may look different
Write first name and few letters
May have letter/number reversals and letters not in straight line
Uses scissors to cut non paper materials
Look for activities that support:
Gives us information concerning our
movement and position. Must be
integrated with proprioceptive information for reaching.
Enables us to see details,
spatial orientation of objects,
visualize, similarities and differences.
Child may have difficulty :
Ability to tell what an object is based on touch alone
Ability to automatically withdraw or defend the body from harm.
A balance is needed between the ability to discriminate something by touch and the protective response.
For writing to become automatic, it needs to be felt through the sense of touch and sense of finger movement
The proprioceptive system receptors are located primarily around and in our joints, and in our muscles and tendons.
They tell us about:
Movement of our body against itself
Movement of our body in relationship to itself: body awareness
Eye movement control
Infants: Gentle swinging, being carried, Johnny Jump Ups (feet flat on floor)
Toddlers: Swinging, climbing, sliding
Preschoolers: Playground activity, musical games
WARNING: Vestibular very powerful
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