Gross Motor Skills
Gross motor (physical) skills are those which require whole body movement and which involve the large (core stabilising) muscles of the body to perform everyday functions. Gross motor skills are important to enable children to perform everyday functions, such as walking, running, skipping, as well as playground skills (e.g. climbing) and sporting skills (e.g. catching, throwing and hitting a ball with a bat).
For Children with difficulties in gross motor skills we can help them with:
Regulating tone and posture
Jumping, hopping, skipping and marching more easily
Improving their catching and throwing skills
Reducing awkward movements or clumsiness
Participating in sports and dance activities more confidently and easily
Bumping, tripping, falling and ramming into things less!
Fine Motor Skills
Fine motor skills involve the use of the smaller muscles of the hands to manipulate objects, such as when doing up buttons, opening lunch boxes or using pencils or scissors. Fine motor skill efficiency significantly influences the quality of the task outcome as well as the speed of task performance.
For children struggling with hand skills, we can assist with:
• Development of a dominant hand
• Hand and individual finger movement and strength
• Ease playing with small objects (e.g. pegs, lego)
• Drawing and cutting