Fine Motor Activities for Children and the Tutor System

Fine motor skills occur when the small muscles in the hands including fingers and wrist move in coordination with the eyes.  Fine motor skills take more time and effort or practice to develop as opposed to gross motor skills. This is because they require more cortical and  motor development.
Fine motor skills usually develop later than gross motor skills. Raising their arm up and down or waving with their hand are some of the first fine motor skills infants develop.
In order to stimulate the development of fine motor skills parents and teachers need to provide age appropriate tools in the classroom and around the home. For instance to encourage development of small muscles in the hands and fingers the the infant will need to practice repeatedly cutting with scissors, button and zipper activities, coloring, scribbling, peg puzzles, lacing, puzzles, , playing with play dough, turning pages in a book, , etc in a non boring motivating environment.
When fine motor skills are disturbed in children due to disabling diseases such as CP cerebral palsy, MS, brain or spinal cord injury or surgery the Tutors are a welcome and a helpful device that children enjoy using.
The HandTutor, ArmTutor and 3d Tutor have been developed to teach children how to reuse their joints.  The unique and successful devices use a dedicated software that utilizes games to enhance and improve their movement.  The HandTutor allows the child to practice repetive exercises that help to strengthen and balance extensors and flexors in the hand in order to improve hand eye coordination and fine movement skills. These innovative devices implement an impairment based program with augmented feedback and encourage motor learning through intensive active exercises.
The “Tutors” also use tele rehabilitation for those patients that are home care and family supported treatments between therapy sessions .Leading U.S. and foreign hospitals and outpatient clinics now use the devices which can treat adults as well. Please see http://www.handtutor.com
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