Why is the GriffinOT Fine Motor Skills Programme different?
Our online, video-based programme is unique. It has been thoughtfully designed to provide adults with easy to understand knowledge about how fine motor skills (FMS) develop. There are both educational and instructional videos for each activity. We ‘show’ adults how to do each activity correctly and how to spot errors children may make.
Another unique aspect of our programme is that we have structured it in a modular way to be easily tailored to the ability of individual children. We have developed a process to help adults identify at which of the six different sections a child should start. Each activity has an expected target, which supports adults to identify when to move a child onto a new activity because they have been successful with the easier activities. It also helps to show the progress a child is making with FMS development.
What’s special about our online programme?
The first big difference with our programme is that there an instructional video for every activity in the programme. These videos show you how to do the activities correctly. The videos also show you the things you need to avoid when the child is doing the activities. We feel this information is essential to ensure activities are being done correctly and children have the most benefit from doing fine motor activities. Each FMS comes with tips on how to make it easier and harder so that you can adapt it for the individual child. In addition, there are educational videos which describe the skills being developed in each section of the programme.
“Includes an instructional video for every activity in the programme.”
The second difference with our programme is that you can tailor it to the ability of each individual child. The activities are divided into six different sections. Each activity has an expected target. This allows you to move the child onto a new activity once they are successful with the easier activities. The result is that the child is not left doing the same set of activities until their programme is (or in many cases is not) reviewed. It allows the adult to change the child’s programme as their skills improve. It also means that if a child needs to spend longer on a particular activity to be successful with it, they can.
“You can tailor each activity to the ability of each individual child.”
Are there any children who may not be able to access the programme?
The programme is not specifically designed for children who have an identified neurological condition, such as cerebral palsy, causing their FMS difficulties. However, it could be used with these children, providing adults 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.
The programme is not recommended for children who have degenerative conditions, such as those with muscular dystrophy.