Fine Motor Skills

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Fine motor skills involve using the smaller muscles in our forearms, wrists and hands to complete activities. These activities include writing, grasping small objects, cutting with scissors, dressing and fastening clothing, brushing our teeth and hair, feeding ourselves and using cutlery.

To perform these fine motor activities with precision we require strength, fine motor control, hand eye coordination, visual perception, core stability, shoulder girdle strength, a good sense of touch and dexterity.

It is important to maintain a good posture when completing fine motor activities as this minimises strain and fatigue on the body whilst ensuring good alignment and evenly distributed forces through our muscles, joints and ligaments. A weakness in any of these areas can impact on our ability to complete such everyday tasks.

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