Oac & Our Occupational Therapists

25 Mar 2019

At Oac, our Occupational Therapists (OT’s) work closely with children, families and Educators to ensure children are included and thriving within their learning environment. They aim to enhance health and child development to ensure children are happy, meeting developmental milestones and engaging with their peers and family, at home and within their educational setting.

Motor skills are one area of development where OT’s can provide support. So how do you know if your toddler is developing their motor skills appropriately? Here are some guidelines for you to consider.

Gross motor skills involve the large and stronger muscles of the body. Here are some gross motor skills your toddler should be developing:

  • Walking smoothly and easily

  • Beginning to run

  • Avoiding obstacles

  • Climbing up and down furniture without assistance

  • Walking up and down stairs one at a time

  • Jumping on the spot

  • Picking up objects from the ground without falling over

  • Moving about to music

  • Kicking a ball

  • Catching a ball that is rolled along the ground

Fine motor skills are the movements we make with smaller muscles. Here are some fine motor skills your toddler should be developing:

  • Turning the pages of a book one at a time

  • Holding a crayon with the thumb and fingers

  • Using a pencil to draw lines and circles

  • Building a tower with large blocks

  • Beginning to cut paper with scissors

  • Managing large buttons

  • Feeding themselves with utensils and a cup

  • Getting dressed with assistance

If you have concerns about your toddler’s motor skill development, the Oac Occupational Therapists can provide advice, strategies and support. Please ask your Campus Director for more information if you would like to speak to one of the Oac OTs.