Fine Motor

Bilateral Integration

Hand Dominance: Is My Child Ambidextrous?

Within the first few minutes of my observation, one thing that becomes instantly apparent amongst children referred for Occupational Therapy (OT), are differences in bilateral integration and sequencing, reluctance to cross midline, and poor...
Geoboard

Strengthen Fine Motor with Mini-Weather Geoboards

Groundhog Day was yesterday and whether Punxsutawney Phil was right or wrong, the cold in some parts means children are still cooped up inside needing activities to keep them busy and engaged.  That's where...

7 Sloppy Handwriting Solutions, Part 3

Many educators and parents experience sloppy handwriting from their students and children. Handwriting is a complex task and cannot be “cured” overnight. Many components lead to legible handwriting and sometimes working on even one or...
art therapy - fine motor

Utilize Art To Increase Fine Motor Skills

The process of creating art is a fun way for kids with various isms to maintain and increase fine motor skills.  Many times skills are being increased without the artist even realizing it.  It...

7 Sloppy Handwriting Solutions, Part 2

My last article in this 3 part series discussed 4 out of the 7 sloppy handwriting issues that many educators and parents are seeing on a daily basis. Sloppy handwriting is not something that...
sloppy-handwriting

7 Sloppy Handwriting Solutions, Part 1

There are many components that lead to legible handwriting, which can be overwhelming for many children. As parents and professionals, we need to keep the end goal in mind. Are we there to make...

Holiday Gift Giving Ideas by the Ism

Shopping for gifts during the holidays can be overwhelming. But if you have a child with special needs, this task can be even more difficult. Your child may have a narrow range of interests,...

Handwriting and Music: The Strong Correlation

How many of us can remember the endless and tedious penmanship exercises we had to endure learning to write cursive? We sat for hours practicing our loops, swirls, circles, etc., sometimes being allowed to...

Play With Your Food for Sensory Motor Fun

"One of the concerns repeatedly raised by parents is their child’s lack of interest and willingness to engage in art activities, especially coloring, drawing and beginning writing activities. Often this is the parent of...

Encourage Your Child’s Imagination with this Motorized Drill

Educational Insights Design and Drill Activity Center includes a reversible power drill (runs on batteries) with three drill bits,  a screwdriver, a combination wrench and activity board, and set of five different colored large screws....