School Aged Developmental Milestones

Fine Motor Skills (printing/handwriting, drawing, cutting)

“Fine motor” refers to the movements we make with the small muscles of the hands. Children start to use their hands right at birth to explore their own bodies and the world around them. Their fine motor skills develop as their whole body starts to move and become more stable.  They also learn to do more things with their hands as their cognitive and social/emotional skills improve.  

Below are some of the typical developmental milestones for fine motor skills for a school aged child up to 7 years old. Below the milestones, are "red flags" that might indicated a problem.

If you have concerns about your child at any age, please feel free to contact us to speak to a professional.  

Between the ages of 5-7 years, your child will:

Red Flags for Fine Motor Development (school-aged)

If you have some of the following concerns about your child once she is in school, you may want to ask for help from your child’s teacher. Your teacher may recommend that you seek further help from your doctor or another health professional such as an occupational therapist. For more information about the typical development of printing and handwriting skills, please click here.

If you have concerns about your child at any age, please feel free to contact us to speak to a professional. You can also make a referral to our centre at anytime.