In September 2019 GriffinOT will be launching a new programme focused on developing fine motor skills for children with motor skill delays. We plan to follow this up with a targeted programme to help to develop gross motor skills and posture. Access to all levels of these programmes will be available on a subscription basis for schools with parents being able to purchase the individual sections that are relevant to their child.
Each programme will be broken into clear levels with an easy assessment to know which level the child should start at. There will be education videos describing why the skills are important and each activity will have a demonstration video showing you what to do and also what not to do!
If you are interested in these programmes, please join our mailing list and tick the ‘Motor Skill Development Programmes’ box to be notified of when these programmes are released. Or if you are interested in being an evaluating school for more information please read the information below. If you think the programme will be relevant please complete the form at the bottom of the page.
What is the GriffinOT Fine Motor Skills Programme?
The GriffinOT Fine Motor Skills Programme (FMSP) is a set of over 150 activities designed to help children from age 3 ½ and above improve their fine motor skills. Fine motor skills are all of the small movements our hands and fingers make completing fine motor activities. Doing up buttons, squeezing toothpaste onto a tooth brush, cutting with scissors and using a pencil are examples of fine motor activities. In fact, any activity that you do with your hands and fingers relies on your fine motor skills.
The programme is available online. It consists of six levels of varying difficult.
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 so the children have the most benefit from doing fine motor skill activities. Each activity 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.
The second difference with our programme is that it can be tailored 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.
Supporting Pencil Grasp Development
This book and online course is the first part of our fine motor skills programme to be released. You can see more details here.
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