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If your son wants to learn to draw realistically, he can choose to do it at any time in his life. That's a skill that anyone can learn. So there's no particular reason to try to make him draw the world the way you see it right now. If anything, you risk making him hate drawing and painting. His creativity is a wonderful thing. "It took me four years to ...


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According to Parenting.com, improving your son's fine motor skills can be a fun activity you do together: Peel away -- Have him try to peel a clementine or small orange. This will give him practice grasping something small with his fingers while pulling at the same time, a skill he's going to need for writing. (Plus, he's rewarded with a sweet treat when ...


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I don't know if there's scientific evidence about developmental benefits but it's a certainly good bonding opportunity for you to do at home. I wouldn't take my baby to somebody else and pay them to massage my baby... this is not a burdensome chore or a highly skilled activity. Google "baby massage techniques"


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My understanding is that the handedness is a mix of what they learn by observing their parents and other people, and of how their brain is wired and/or developed. While my son was between ½ and 1 year old, he would have one preferred hand for weeks, and then switch to the other hand for weeks. We were guessing whether he'd eventually "land on" right- or ...


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Techniques and tools to improve handwriting: Knowing how to form the letters is important so that they aren't stopping and starting. Training the muscles to make smooth movements takes practice and, of course, time for development. My kids are Lego fiends, who enjoy using the tiniest of pieces and their hand-writing is atrocious unless they concentrate and ...


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Regarding your specific questions (motor skills and emotional development): The only evidence I could find that supported the idea of an improvement in motor skills were studies that showed an increase in weight for premature babies that received therapeutic massage versus premature babies who did not receive therapeutic massage. There were repeated ...


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I like the ideas Aarthi gave, a few other things that might help Lego's, some pieces are small and require work to get in. Even the bigger pieces take some dexterity to click right. Other small building toys might help as well such as Tinkertoys, Lincoln Logs or other similar products (I know only the US ones.) Grippers are ok, so long as you don't keep ...


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Definitely see your doctor if possible. At 8 years of age some of these seem to be a concern. There's not enough information to really know whats going on. It could be an allergy or allergies, an illness, a form of hyper-sensitivity, or simply his personality. Here is a group of documents curated by the US National Institutes for Health that will give you ...


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While i agree with Pierre and Péter, sometimes parents feel like "you're either getting better or you're getting worse"; that if you're not doing anything to make it good, that you're letting it get bad. In that spirit, one thing you could do would be to ask the niece, daily, to write something general about her day: what play time was like, what they had ...


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As a parent, I agree with giving it time as handwriting is a skill that does take time to develop. as an occupational therapist, handwriting is usually a symptom of something else: weakness, low muscle tone, decreased hand eye coordination , etc. I don't intend on diagnosing or worrying anybody but I usually recommend the patients I see to begin general ...


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I fully agree with @Pierre's answer. Don't try to "improve" her handwriting. That may seem to work in the short term, and do much damage in the long term. At this age, there can be huge differences in physical development between individual children, which have nothing to do with "intelligence" or "skills" or anything, and which - under normal circumstances ...


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It is likely that your son has not enjoyed writing and is having trouble with gripping the pencil because of under development of skills needed for the process. Not because he is left handed. Writing requires not only refined fine motor development, but also, good stability of the shoulder; muscular development of the fingers; flexibility/stability of ...


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The important thing is not spending time with baby through massage but the massage itself is important for baby's motor skills development. Spending time with baby is of-course important and there are many different ways for this. But that is a separate topic, it should not be intermingled with massage. In India it is a regular practice to give massage to ...


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Yes, No, Both, and Debatable are all valid answers to the question. I suggest reading the Wikipedia article about handedness. It goes through several different theories about what the primary reason for handedness is, and links several pieces of research for those theories. Whether handedness is genetic or not is debated and there isn't (as far as I know) ...


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Don't take your babies to a massage therapist. Just sit back and think of how smart you are in not being taken advantage of by a bunch of shysters. There are studies that indicate that touch between the parents and the baby improves the babies emotional development. But it is hardly ground breaking stuff to show that a fish needs water. A good heuristic is ...


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Speaking from personal experience, I had a lot of trouble learning to write. I found it awkward and frustrating making the tiny movements, and because the results always looked poor, I didn't enjoy it. When I was an older teenager my parents arranged for me to see a handwriting specialist. She analysed exactly which specific movements were difficult for me. ...


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Left handedness does make a difference. http://www.iched.org/cms/scripts/page.php?site_id=iched&item_id=lefthanded_handwriting Have the child use a hard lead pencil, such as a Number 3 instead of a Number 2, so that it will not smear easily. Primary or oversized pencils are not necessarily better for the left-handed child. In fact, the larger size ...



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