Our online, video-based fine motor skills programme is unique. It has been thoughtfully designed to provide adults with easy to understand knowledge about how fine motor skills develop. There are both educational and instructional videos for each activity. The programme offers a structured way for adults to help children with immature fine motor skills. We ‘show’ you what you can do to help and also teach you the ‘why.’
What’s included in the Fine Motor Skills Programme?
Who can the Fine Motor Skills Programme help?
Parents who want to learn how to help their children’s fine motor skills develop
Teachers running groups for children who have fine motor skill delays
Teaching assistants who want to activities to help students with their fine motor skills
Early years practitioners looking for supports to help children with immature fine motor skills
What does the Fine Motor Skills Programme include?
Education videos on fine motor skill development
Structured list of activities to complete, which increase in difficulty
Clear targets for each activities to help you know when to move to the next one
Instructional videos for each activity
Worksheets when needed (e.g. pencil control and cutting worksheets)
Flexibility to allow each child to progress at their own pace
Tips for helping children who are finding it more difficult
What are the different levels of the Fine Motor Skills Programme?
It is really important that the child starts at the best level for their current ability. This questionnaire can help you to determine the best level for your child. You can also complete it electronically here. (We apologise that the link is slow to load). If you are a school, we highly recommend purchasing the annual subscription. This gives access to all levels. You can read more about the school subscription here.
Level 1 is the first stage of our programme. It is designed for children from 18 months of age. By the end of this level, the child should be able to snip with scissors, turn on the tap to wash their hands, pour themselves a drink, and play successfully with toys like Duplo, blocks and large beads. You can purchase Level 1 here.
Level 2 is the next stage. Some children might start at Level 2, it just depends on their age and skill level. At the end of Level 2, the child should be able to cut along a short line with scissors, do up large buttons, open and close their food containers and successfully trace within curved paths and stencils. You can purchase Level 2 here.
By the end of Level 3, the child should be able to cut out a circle with scissors, to do up medium sized buttons, to butter a slice of bread, cut with their knife and fork and successfully trace within zigzag paths. You can purchase Level 3 here.
Supporting Pencil Grasp Development
This programme is specifically designed to help children to improve their pencil grasp. It can be completed at any point after Level 2. The activities focus on improving the hand dexterity required to hold a pencil. The worksheets help with pencil control. By the end of the programme the child should be able to hold their pencil using a mature pencil grasp. They should also have made improvements with their pencil control. You can purchase supporting pencil grasp development here.
Some children may be able to start at Level 4 without completing earlier levels. By the end of Level 4 the child should be able to cut out irregular shapes with scissors, do up shirt sized buttons, deal out playing cards, successfully use tape and fold simple origami. You can purchase Level 4 here.
What do the Fine Motor Skill Programme videos look like?
Here’s an example education video from the programme. Each video includes a mix of pictures, demonstrations and Kim presenting. There are summary handouts to download to help with learning too.
Here’s an example of an activity video from the programme. Each activity video includes clear instructions on how to do the activity. There is a set goal and recommendations to make the activity harder and easier. Where needed, worksheets are also provided.
Frequently Asked Questions
The author, occupational therapist Kim Griffin, presents all the courses. Courses include a mixture of Kim presenting, slides, handouts and some external material. All material is available online.
Absolutely! You can email us at [email protected] and we will organise this. Please let us know which courses/programmes you would like an invoice for and for how many staff.
There are six sections to the programme. The sections progress in developmental order. Level 1 is suitable for children from 18 months old. Then there are four levels of increasingly harder fine motor activities. There is also a specific section to support pencil grasp development. In 2020, we will be releasing a section to help with scissor skills.
If you have purchased an individual level, you will have 4 months to complete the activities with your child.
This programme is for 18 month old to 12 year old children with delays or immaturity with fine motor skills. It is perfect for children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), joint hypermobility, or dyspraxia. It is also helpful for children with a poor pencil grasp and those who struggle with buttons or using scissors.
The programme is not specifically for children with an identified neurological condition causing their fine motor skill difficulties, such as cerebral palsy. However, you can use it with these children, providing you understand that they may not be able to complete all activities and their progress may be slower. These children also benefit from extra support from an occupational therapist, even if they are accessing the programme.
We do not recommend the programme for children who have degenerative conditions, such as muscular dystrophy.
The programme offers a structured option to schools and families supporting children with fine motor delays. Each level includes developmentally sequenced activities to help adults to know what they can do to help children with their fine motor skills. We offer tips on how to make activities easier or harder depending on the child’s needs. Children can complete the programme at their own pace. The instructional videos aim to show how you can best help improve a child’s skills.
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