When my oldest son was 3 we were very focused on his fine motor skills. The OT evaluation suggested that he was at a 12 month old skill level. Severely delayed in this area. :( He could not even color on his own. For a whole year I sat down with him everyday and we practiced just coloring. We used a hand over hand technique that the OT recommended . I would literally hold his hand and help him color pages in a book for many hours. No matter how much I tried I could not get him to color by himself. After a full year of this , when I was pretty much ready to give up... one day he picked up a crayon on his own and just started coloring. The amazing part was that it was really good coloring .....in the lines ,ect. After he started using the crayons on his own it was all down hill from there. He started spending a lot of time coloring, then drawing pictures, and eventually writing letters. He just turned five and he has exceptional fine motor skills for his age.
I just wanted to let all of those mothers out there know . Even if your child is struggling on something and you start to feel like it is hopeless , Just remember you never know where they will be in a year from now, or two, or three ,or however long it takes. Our children are amazing and will surprise us our whole lives. All of those little things that they accomplish add up to something huge within them.
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