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ACADEMY SCHOOL DISTRICT TWENTY COLORADO SPRINGS, CO Occupational Therapy Department Response to Intervention Information Sheet Tier II Support for Targeting Skills Performance Concern: Fine Motor Skills Relating to Self Help General Information: In school, age appropriate fine motor coordination is needed daily to accomplish independence in self help. Grip strength, pinch strength, and eye-hand coordination are all important for success. Instructional Recommendations: When assisting a student with a self help task, try to do only part of the task, allowing him/her to try to do some of it independently. If possible, model the task, giving simple verbal cues to help with sequencing if needed. Give the student extra time to accomplish a difficult task. Example: Ask Johnny to open his backpack a few minutes ahead of “pack-up” time. Rushing in a crowded area can be anxiety producing. Additional Classroom Activities or Strategies to Support the Development of the Skill: Re-use small milk cartons to hold small manipulatives etc., to give students practice in the motions required to open a milk carton. Keep some supplies in zip lock bags for practice pinching them closed and pulling them open. Keep some supplies in jars with screw-top lids for natural practice and strengthening opportunities. Pop bubble wrap (pinch) Play a card game where students try not to let you draw a card from them. (pinch) Clothespin activities: write letters, numbers, colors on clothespins and place them on a line, paper, plate, etc. to spell words, do math problems, sort by color, etc. (pinch) Paper tearing activities strengthen pinch and wrist rotation. Progress from easy to hard: Tissue paper-newspaper-copy paper-manilla folder. Have students feel objects in a bag (they can’t see the objects), and try to identify them. This helps develop sense of touch for buttons and zippers. Thanks to Denver Public Schools for developing this information.
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