Online fine motor skills support
Our online, video-based fine motor skills programme for schools is unique. Its thoughtful design provides 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. Furthermore, it ‘shows’ you what you can do to help and also teaches you the ‘why.’ The annual subscription is perfect for schools. It includes activities your staff can use to support children with fine motor skill delays. There are also education videos which are perfect for CPD.
Who will the training help?
SENCOs setting goals for children with fine motor skill delays
Schools receiving limited occupational therapy support
Schools wanting a structured programme to support fine motor skill development and to measure progress
Teachers looking for fine motor ideas to use in the classroom to help students to improve pencil and scissor skills
Teachers and teaching assistants running groups for children who have fine motor skill delays
Teaching assistants who need a structured activity programme to help students with their fine motor skills
Early years practitioners looking for supports to help children with immature fine motor skills
What are the different sections of the Fine Motor Skills Programme for Schools?
There are six sections in the programme. It is really important that children start at the level most appropriate for their current ability. This questionnaire can help you to determine the best level for each child. The levels are developmentally sequenced. There is an additional programme to support pencil grasp development. A further programme to support scissor skills will be released by January 2021. The school subscription includes access to all levels.
Further information on the programme is available in this brochure.
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.
What do the Fine Motor Skill Programme for Schools 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.
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.
All sections of the fine motor skills programme are included within the school subscription. There is a clear process to help you to determine where you should start with individual students. There is also a straight forward way to measure student progress and move them onto the next levels.
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 annual subscription for schools is £225 for a site licence. This includes three individual staff logins and access to all content. Additional staff logins can be purchased for £25.
Yes. We do have discounted options when purchasing subscriptions for five schools or more. Please contact us – [email protected] – and we can provide you with a quote that will suit your individual needs.
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.