SUCCESS Therapy Centre

Success Therapy Centre is situated in the heart of Cape Town. We offer occupational therapy, play therapy, speech and language therapy, as well as other supportive interventions to children, families and adults. Our team of therapists are passionate about providing professional and individualised therapeutic service to clients in a multidisciplinary team environment.

We offer in-depth evaluation and intervention in the following areas:

  • Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Developmental Delays
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Social Communication Disorders
  • Dyslexia
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Dyspraxia
  • Executive Functioning Difficulties
  • - organisation and planning
  • - study skills
  • Gross and Fine Motor delays
  • Emotional and Behavioural difficulties
  • Articulation and Phonological Disorders
  • Apraxia of Speech
  • Stuttering
  • Language Disorders
  • Auditory Processing Disorder
  • Literacy and Learning
  • Aphasia
  • Dysarthria
  • Dysphagia
  • Voice

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Why do we need fine motor skills?

Fine motor skills are achieved when children learn to use their smaller muscles, like muscles in the hands, fingers and wrists with precision and coordination. Fine motor skills are essential for performing everyday skills such as:

Self-care tasks: brushing teeth, tying shoelaces, manipulating buttons/fasteners/zips/velcro on clothing, using cutlery, household chores and toileting.

Academic skills: pencil skills (for handwriting, drawing and colouring), cutting and pasting, and using a ruler/protractor/compass.

Leisure activities: puzzles, playing musical instruments, model making, construction games, Lego, jewellery-making, and navigating computers/PlayStation consoles.

“Without the ability to complete these everyday tasks, a child’s self-esteem can suffer, and it may impact negatively on their academic performance.”

What are the building blocks needed for fine motor skills?

Eye-hand coordination: the ability to process information received from the eyes to control, guide and direct the hands in the performance of a task such as handwriting.

Hand and finger strength: having the necessary strength to perform controlled movements against resistance.

Hand dominance: the consistent use of one (usually the same) hand for performing tasks which allows refined skills to develop. It is usually established by the age of 4 years.

Hand division: using just the thumb, index and middle finger for manipulation, leaving the fourth and little finger tucked into the palm in order to provide stability for the other 3 fingers.

Postural control: when the bigger muscles of the shoulder girdle and trunk are strong and stable, this frees up the smaller muscles of the arms and hands to move freely in a controlled manner.

What are some of the fine motor difficulties that my child may experience?

What are some other related difficulties?

Behaviour: children may avoid or refuse to participate in fine motor tasks, and they may become easily frustrated.

Self-esteem: their self esteem may be low when they compare their own skills to those of their same aged peers.

Academic performance: it may impact on the ease with which a student is able to complete academic tasks. For example: a child may be very skilled verbally but may have difficulty showing this on paper (i.e. writing, drawing or colouring).

What are some activities that I can do at home to help develop fine motor skills?

Shoulder strengthening ideas

In-hand manipulation activity ideas

Eye-hand coordination activity ideas

Fun ways to practice drawing

Fun ways to practice letter formations

Improving handwriting strategies

Muscle strengthening strategies