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What Is Fine Motor?

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Definition: Fine motor refers to movements that require a high degree of control and precision. These may include drawing shapes, writing, cutting with a scissors, using eating utensils. Children with neurological problems or developmental delays may have difficulty with fine motor skills. They may receive occupational therapy to help them catch up, or may need modifications or assistive technology to keep up with schoolwork in spite of these delays. For more information on how to address fine motor problems, see our section on Occupational Therapy.

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