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Developing Postural Control

Steadies the head – to aid visual perception Steadies the arms – to aid fine motor skills Skills relating to postural control and fine motor skills tend to be learned as a child develops. The ability to control posture usually moves forward in an age-related manner. For example, the ability to sit erect tends to be learned by 6 months of age.  Therefore,  the

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Puzzles

Expanding Visual Perceptual Skills Visual perception is the ability to understand one’s surroundings based upon what is seen.  Visual perceptual skills involve the use of eye muscles to look over the surroundings, use of language to describe the surroundings, and use of hands and feet to manipulate objects in the surroundings. Different aspects of visual perception are used for self-care, social and academic skills. Common

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Eye Hand Coordination

Eye hand coordination, also known as visual motor integration, refers to the ability to bring movements of the eyes and hands together to complete a task. Eye hand coordination also requires attention and organization since eye movements generally lead the way for planned moves of the body, arms, and hands. Eye hand coordination typically places emphasis upon paired moves of the eyes and the

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Motor Planning and Coordination

Features that reinforce success! Motor Planning is a term used to describe the ability to plan and carry out a skilled motor act in the correct sequence from beginning to end.  Motor planning is a feature of coordination that allows for mid-course corrections during a motor act. Body awareness, muscle strength, and functional vision are three elements of motor planning that are usually integrated during

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The image shown is one of a square that is divided into 4 sections. Each section lists one primary component of fine motor skills: sustained attention, eye movements, hand movements, and the ability to integrate these components.

Encouraging Development of Fine Motor Skills

There are many reasons why fine motor skills fail to develop as planned. Therefore, from time to time, specific types of fine motor skills may need prompts to emerge.  This blog will discuss activities parents and teachers can use to encourage the development of different aspects of fine motor skills.  These aspects include sustained attention, eye movements, hand movements and the ability to put

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Bilateral Motor Coordination

Bilateral Motor Coordination generally refers to the ability to use both sides of the body working together. In daily life, this may be seen by the ability to hold a sheet of paper still with one hand, while using the other hand to manipulate a pencil.

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Spatial Orientation – Part 3

Impacting Classroom Skills Spatial orientation may be defined as the ability to maintain the  posture of the body as  it relates to the surrounding space.  Whether the body is at rest or moving, children need to be aware of how they are positioned in the space around them.  For example, in order to be safe while moving around in a playground,  a child needs

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Tactile Perception

Tactile Perception refers to the ability to match an object being touched with an idea of what the object is and how it is to  be used or handled. This ability  allows us to handle objects such as touch screens, buttons, zippers, pocket change, and even fragile objects  without fumbling, even though we can’t necessarily see all the parts of the items as we

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Spatial Orientation

From Handwriting to Geometry The term “spatial orientation” refers to use of vision when comparing the way in which things are turned and rotated. In terms of daily living skills, spatial orientation is the knack of being aware of how objects are turned and how they fit together.  For example, in the home this skill helps children learn which foot fits into a sneaker,

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Improving Visual Perceptual Skills At home and at school

Part 1:  Visual Perceptual Skills – What are they ? Visual Perceptual Skills is a term that refers to the process of becoming aware of objects through the sense of vision. Children who have sensory processing disorders, ADHD, Learning Disabilities and Autism often tend to have some degree of difficulty with visual perceptual skills.   These  skills cover many aspects of vision and consists of

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