Fine motor skills are essential for all aspects of a child’s life and often a key area of intervention for Pediatric OT. However, the multifaceted nature of the complexities in hand skill development can make it difficult to assess and design effective interventions for optimal success.

This course aims to provide the foundational knowledge of the pediatric hand development by creating a distinction between typical/atypical fine motor patterns and offering a valuable insight to the component skills required to optimize function. It also offers a review of Evaluation strategies, Standardized testing options with additional insight on ways to collect baseline data for data- based decision making. It includes a valuable step by step method of using task analysis and goal setting to address fine motor skill development for everyday activities performed by children.


Dr Aditi the OT The Pediatric Hand Explained Title Screen

Learning Outcomes

  1. Label the anatomy and physiology, including contextual factors and body functions influential in pediatric hand skill development.
  2. Identify typical patterns and classification of fine motor skills development.
  3. Articulate the component skills required to develop hand skills in children to perform ADL’s.
  4. List motor problems and other limiting factors that affect hand skill development.
  5. Summarize various standardized and non-standardized assessments to evaluate hand skills in children.
  6. Highlight research-based guidelines for intervention.



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