“Fine Motor Skills in Children with Down Syndrome”-a guide for parents and professionals
By: Maryanne Bruni, BScOT (C)
Written for parents, health professionals, and teachers, this is a practical and accessible guide to understanding and developing fine motor skills in children with Down syndrome. The aurther draws on her expertise as a seasoned occupational therapist and parent to show readers how to help children develop the hand skills required for such tasks as holding a pencil, cutting with scissors, or using a computer. Especially valuable is the book's sensitivity to the medical, physical, and psychological characteristics of children with Down syndrome and how these can affect motor development.
Dozens of activities are provided, complete with photographs and step-by-step instructions, which are appropriate for children in infancy to early adolescence. In addition to hand skills, some cover basic gross motor skills, which help lay the foundations for fine motor development. Readers can choose among different categories of skills--self-help, school activities, leisure and recreation-- and easily incorporate most activities into daily home or school routines.