Gross and fine motor control are developmental outcomes of successful sensory integration, supporting the child’s ability to learn and play.

We need to physically experience and explore the world around us before we can apply our skills in a formal learning environment. Exploring the world within a three dimensional level e.g. crawling through a tunnel, enables us to interpret it on a two dimensional level e.g. copying letters onto a page. Fluid eye movements support the child’s ability to perform tasks such as catching a ball, copying from the board and reading fluently.

Writing is a complex fine motor task. We look at a variety of aspects of fine motor development that provide us with clues as to the possible underlying mechanical causes for problems with the speed, endurance and quality of handwriting. Other possible causes for handwriting difficulties could include sensory factors, motor planning and spatial challenges.