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Toddler Developmental Milestones

Fine Motor Skills

“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. After each age group, you can find some “red flags” that might indicate a problem.

Between the ages of 12-18 months, your child will:

Red Flags for Fine Motor Development (18 months)

If you notice some of the following things about your child by the time she is 18 months old, you may want to talk to your doctor or to another health professional such as an occupational therapist or a physiotherapist.

Between the ages of 18 months and 2 years, your child will:

Red Flags for Fine Motor Development (2 years)

If you notice some of the following things about your child by the time she is 2 years old, you may want to talk to your doctor, or to another health professional such as an occupational therapist or a physiotherapist.

Between the ages of 2-3 years, your child will:

Red Flags for Fine Motor Development (3 years)

If you notice some of the following things about your child by the time he is 3 years old, you may want to talk to your doctor, or to another health professional such as an occupational therapist.

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.