Enhancing Fine Motor Skills in your Child
11 September 2020

Enhancing Fine Motor Skills in your Child

Improving hand strength and also finger mastery can help your child have more control over the pencil, which can lead to an improvement in their handwriting. Strengthening fine motor abilities need to also help boost their endurance while composing text.
Motivate your child to get involved with general home jobs that will utilise their hand and also finger muscles. This might help reinforce the hands - tasks like cutting with scissors, using a screwdriver, helping dad with the DIY jobs, and possibly taking up sewing, and knitting ...

Older children can still take advantage of reinforcing their hand muscles and getting better control over their fingers with concentrated tasks. However, instead of doing the playful tasks that younger children do, theirs can be classed as something else.
Keep the suggested items handy as well as motivate your youngster to get into the habit of using them consistently before and throughout lengthy composing exercises, for perhaps 2-3 mins at a time.
Attempt a Pencil Grasp
It could be much more useful to try addressing, any kind of underlying motor concerns, prior to suggesting the use of pencil grips. However, for older children, utilizing a pencil hold can help reduce fatigue as well as prevent muscle mass pains, which may help improve their handwriting.
The use of such writing aids could help reduce exhaustion.

Strengthen the Upper Body
Encourage your child to build top body toughness via sporting activities, climbing up, swimming as well as targeted exercises. These will help enhance and also stabilize the shoulder muscular tissues as well as the hand muscular tissues for handwriting.
If your child finds the process stressful and also tires easily throughout handwriting, perhaps attempt these workouts as a break. Establishing top body toughness might be simply what your child needs to boost his / her handwriting!

Italic Cursive to Enhance Handwriting

Some kids really struggle to compose the loopholes of regular cursive handwriting. In this case, they could benefit from publications that are written in cursive. The cursive handwriting publications can assist and inspire children to create similar handwriting. This can which can turn out to be much neater than their printed handwriting.
Italic cursive is suggested especially for children who struggle with a fine motor as well as visual perceptual skills.

Constant Breaks
If your child tires easily or becomes sidetracked, let them have a quick break.
A great way to use the break would be for your child to do some motor workouts - particularly shoulder exercises, or simply having some water to drink.

Have the chat
Sit down with your child to determine which subjects they can possibly get away with their handwriting not being so up to speed, and the situations where their handwriting has to be good.
On tasks where imaginative input is being ranked, your child may be able to write more freely and conveniently if without the initiative of writing nicely. A neat final draft may be called for, but being allowed to doodle/scrawl at first may help get their creative juices flowing. In order not to disrupt this process, it could be acceptable to allow the quality of their handwriting to take the back seat for a moment.
Writing neatly can be quite a tiring process for a learner and perhaps neat writing is not called for in every case. But - again - as a learner, practice is what will make your child perfect, so in the early days of learning, he/she will need to make more of an effort to work on this. This might mean neat handwriting wherever possible.


Using the tips above could really help support your child in boosting his/her handwriting skills. What is most important will be your encouragement, which will boost your child’s confidence as he/he progresses.


At Leaders are Readers, our Language Sense Progamme is designed to help your child in many ways, some of which:

  • write intelligibly and more frequently
  • speak and write using a wider vocabulary and with interesting language
  • understand written instructions
  • read, better understand and enjoy challenging novels
  • perform at their best in SATs, 4+, 5+, 7+, and 11+ exams develop a love of reading
  • build a solid English language foundation to excel in most subjects and in all likelihood rise to the top groups at school

If you would like to find out more about how our programme can help your child, send us an email or give us a call.


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