Muscle strength and endurance enables children to perform every day activities. Adequate muscle strength and endurance is important for both gross motor skills such as carrying a backpack, walking, and playing on the playground, and fine motor skills such as writing, cutting, and brushing teeth.
Foundational building blocks for developing muscle strength and coordination include:
Crossing mid-line (imaginary line that runs vertically down the center of the body)
If your child has difficulties with one or more of the above areas, your child may demonstrate the following:
Low level of alertness
Fine motor manipulation tasks such as holding a pencil or tying shoes
Issues with speech clarity
Self-care such as getting dressed and brushing teeth
Difficulties with postural control
Here are some simple ways to improve your child's hand strength through every day play.