Fine Motor Skills

Fine motor skills generally refer to the purposeful and controlled movements of the small muscles of the fingers and hands. These movements usually coordinate with the larger muscles of the arms and trunk for stability and with the eyes for eye-hand coordination. Children develop fine motor skills in a step-by-step progression. Development occurs at an uneven pace, with periods of little progression. Typically, this is part of normal development; however, if you think your child may have a delay in his/her fine motor skills, contact your physician for more information regarding occupational therapy services ( ). Examples of fine motor skills addressed include but are not limited to:

  • Pinch
  • In hand manipulation and dexterity skills
  • Pencil grasp
  • Illegible writing for their age
  • Difficulty using scissors or utensils