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Every day, we use our fingers, hands, and wrists for small, precise actions. Our muscles, nerves, and bones work together to control these movements. Fine motor control is the ability to do activities such as:
Treatment for cancer, sickle cell disease and other serious illnesses can sometimes cause weakness in a child’s hands and fingers. Making the muscles in your child’s hands stronger will help improve fine motor control.
The following activities will help your child’s grip:
Dexterity is the fine control of a tool or an object by the fingers. These are some activities to improve your child’s dexterity:
Practice picking up objects with the fingertips and thumb:
An occupational therapist may suggest more activities or exercises to help improve your child’s fine motor skills.
Reviewed: February 2022