Fine Motor Skills…Write Out of the Box!

Presented by: Marianne Gibbs, EdD, OTR
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Occupational therapist and NAEYC presenter, Dr. Marianne Gibbs, shared activities and rationale for the WHATs, HOWs, and WHYs of fine motor skill development as it relates to children 3-6 years old. Fun and easy-to-implement activities and strategies were demonstrated with supporting rationale for improving students’ future handwriting efficiency. In this session, Marianne explored fine motor and sensory aspects of development, which impact future efficient handwriting and compositional writing. Activities and techniques are ready to use in the classroom tomorrow! This is a “must see” session containing critical, inspiring information for administrators, teachers, caregivers, and parents … Write Out of the Box! Learning objectives included: understanding physical development concepts such as, shoulder stability and separation of hand to promote fine motor development; identifying efficient and inefficient pencil grasps; determining and implementing age appropriate activities to develop efficient pencil grasp; and facilitating appropriate scissor skill development.