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MOTORIC SEPERATION of the hand WITH SMALL ITEMS

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MOTORIC SEPERATION of the hand WITH SMALL ITEMS is a do it yourself activity designed for children with upper extremity disabilities to do at home or in occupational therapy under supervision. This activity is a refinement of fine motor skills like pencil grasp, manipulation of very small items and managing zippers, shoe laces and buttons with the precision half of the hand (the radial side) happens when the power half (the ulnar side) is stabilized.  A functional fine motor grasp and manipulation of objects is more accurate when the ring and pinkie fingers are flexed (bent) into the palm. An alternative to a flexed position of the ring and pinkie fingers are when theses two digits are fully extended out and stretched out away from the hand (abducted). This positioning stabilizes the MCP arch and allows for control of the pointer and middle fingers. Separation of the two sides of the hand allow for more precise use of the thumb. This type of activity is a version of in-hand manipulation called translation.

Technical Specifications: 

Step One: Gather materials.

  • Small star beads.
  • Shallow basket.
  • Small cup.

Step Two: The child picks the stars of one color that they like best up and hold as many in their hand while picking up more beads,

Step Three: When the child can't possibly hold anymore beads in their hand, the parent or therapist shows them how to drop them into a small cup one at a time, while counting how many beads they had.

 

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03/25/2019
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