An occupational or physiotherapist is the appropriate professional to evaluate your child’s motor skills. In addition to general observation, there are standardized tests an occupational therapist will use to determine if your child has motor skills weaknesses.
Occupational Therapy, OT for short, is designed to help with fine and gross motor skills. Fine motor skills training helps children with small movements of the hands to manipulate objects to aid with handwriting or buttoning clothing. Gross motor skills training addresses large body movements and helps children gain better control of their body.
You may be surprised to find that if your child has trouble printing or writing that the therapy does not actually involve practicing these skills, but instead includes a variety of activities designed to strengthen the same muscles used in writing. OT may appear to be just playing, and parents observing their child digging beans out of Play-Doh or jumping over blocks may wonder why they need to pay a professional to play with their child. Rest assured, OT has wellresearched techniques that help build fine and gross motor skills.