Build Fine Motor Strength
One of Korey’s goals throughout his 2 years in therapy, has been to gain fine motor strength. Using scissors is one of the way his therapists have helped him in gaining this skill.
At first he didn’t want to hold the scissors properly, or cut on the lines at all. We always seem to have this struggle when a new activity is introduced. Thanks to the many fun cutting activity pads at Target that featured his favorite characters like Paw Patrol, I’ve been able to get him more excited about using this skill.
Coming across these cute sea designs I made my own cutting activity that you can share with your children. I know from experience that when your child is in therapy, doing those activities at home with them helps increase their potential of reaching their goal.
With Korey’s Sensory Processing Disorder we have had to fight the constant moving, and him paying attention to his activity. Through his first year in preschool he has gone from sitting for about a minute on an activity to an average of almost 5 minutes! I was thrilling in reading that in his goal update at the end of the year and I’ve been giving him encouragement while doing easy cutting activities.
Korey likes to have his independence while doing scissor worksheets but I know that I need to keep an eye on him to ensure he is holding the scissors properly and looking while cutting. Barnes and Noble has a great section for buying books for a cutting activity.
I’m hoping that with summer school we will see more improvement in him holding the scissors correctly each time and paying attention while cutting. He needs improvement with manipulating the paper while cutting zig-zag lines as well.