Fine motor skills for children 6-12 months

Fine motor skills for children 6-12 months

22 June, 2020
Last week we discussed fine motor development in the first 6 months and the importance of vision and gross motor skills for this successful development. From 6-12 months, this continues to be the case, but as well fine motor development (especially pointing) is important for early communication.
Deb’s Key Takeaways:
Things that may affect fine motor development:
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When to ask for help:
If your child is delayed in learning pointing, bimanual skills (two-handed), pincer grasp, and play.

Development of fine motor skills 6-12 months

6-9 months

Fine motor development is important because during this time your baby learns to pick up small objects, use both hands together, and turn their palm face up.
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9-12 months

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Ways to develop fine motor development:

6-9 months

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9-12 months

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Things that may affect fine motor milestone development:

When to ask for help:
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The development of fine motor skills helps your child with strengthening shoulder, arm, and hand muscles. The increasing skilled use of their hands and toys prepares your baby for completing everyday activities such as eating, dressing, and writing. The increased use of eye-hand coordination allows them to begin to use a crayon, turn the pages of a book, and self-feed by finger and spoon.
If your baby is having difficulty with developing any of these skills or is not interested in play or communicating by pointing or gestures (e.g. waving), speak to your GP, paediatrician, or a paediatric physiotherapist or occupational therapist.
Keep safe, happy, and well.
Deb
By Kristy Allison
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