Fine and gross motor skills are an important milestone while learning to participate in many activities in life. We use our motor skills every day to help us physically navigate the world around us. Unfortunately, developing these skills can be extremely challenging for many children with autism. For most parents, “missed milestones” in fine and gross motor skills are one of the earliest signs they notice in their child’s delayed progression.
Fine Motor Skills are a child’s ability to make movements using the small muscles in their hands, wrists, fingers and feet.
Gross Motor Skills are a child’s ability to involve the larger muscles in their body such as their arms, legs and torso.
- Learning to hold a spoon or fork and eat independently
- Pinch small objects with thumb and pointer finger
- Learning to write, draw, use scissors, etc
- Holding objects, or transfer objects between hands
- Walking, running, jumping, and other movement based activities