Brushing Helps You Observe Your Child's Fine Motor Skills
Posted on 5/20/2019 by Laura Epifano
When your child has any type of a motor skill delay, things we do easily can be more difficult for them. One area where many children struggle when they have fine motor skill delays is with brushing their teeth.
There are things you can do to make it easier, such as using a bigger toothbrush, but it can still be hard for them to accomplish this task, which may make them self-conscious. By working with them, you can see what types of things help them gain confidence, while also observing their fine motor skill improvements.
How to Make Brushing Easier for a Child with Fine Motor Skill Delays
The easiest thing you can do to help your child brush on their own when they have delays in their fine motor skills is to give them an electric toothbrush. The larger handle makes brushing a bit easier, and the handle is easier for them to control. When doing things outside of brushing, you can also help boost their ability to properly hold their toothbrush.
Have them work on grasping small objects and putting them in their mouths, such as cereal and small diced produce. This helps them gain control while using their mouth at the same time, which can greatly improve their ability to brush independently.
We work hard to make sure children feel empowered to brush on their own as they get older. It is important to let them know that we trust them to make the right choices and empower them to feel as though they have the skills to brush. Working with them can help them feel confident, and also boost their fine motor skills as they go. Just make sure you keep observing them as they brush, looking for signs of fine motor skill improvement, and tracking to make sure their oral health stays optimal.