School-Based Fine Motor Screening is a simple, fun, and practical screening tool to quickly become familiar with the fine motor skill levels of your students. Perfect for children ages 3 to 8, this resource is also useful for older children on your caseload who struggle with fine motor abilities.
Skills that are screened in this resource include the following:
1: Postural Control
2: Shoulder Co-Contraction
3: Hand Preference
4: Grasp Pattern/Wrist Extension
5: Bimanual Skill
6: Visual Motor Skill: Tracing
7: Visual Motor Skill: Copying
8. Visual Motor Skill: Coloring
9: Visual Motor Skill: Drawing
10: Visual Motor Skill: Cutting
All About This Resource:
This engaging activity should not take more than ten minutes to complete. It has been designed for use with children both in-person and during telehealth.
Also, if you are not an occupational therapist, but rather a teacher or parent, you are welcome to use this resource as well. This is not an official assessment or evaluation used for OT, but rather an informal tool to gather information on a child’s current fine motor abilities. If challenges arise, consider referral to OT.
What Does This Resource Entail?
This fine motor screening consists of six distinct steps in a Back to School activity.
The steps are as follow:
Step 1- Tracing
Step 2- Coloring
Step 3- Folding
Step 4- Copying
Step 5- Drawing
Step 6- Cutting
How To Screen a Child's Fine Motor Skills?
- On the “Fine Motor Screening Checklist and Observations” sheet, there are specific questions to answer for each of the different components of a child’s fine motor skills. As you observe a child completing the activity, rate their abilities. This will give you an indication of their strengths and weaknesses
- If a child struggles with simple verbal directions for a step of the activity repeat the directions a second time. If they are still confused, show the child how to complete the step.
- After your session, determine what areas of skill may be relative strengths and/or relative weaknesses. Challenging areas may warrant further formal evaluation in future OT sessions.
Repeat this screening in 3 to 6 months to assess a child’s progress!
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