Sensory Processing: Fine Motor Skills

Sensory Processing is the ‘why’ behind the ‘what’ of Autism Spectrum Disorders. We understand the world around us through our senses. This blog will focus on fine motor skills: poor tactile perception and discrimination.

Poor Tactile Perception and Discrimination:
  • Has difficulty with fine motor tasks such as buttoning, zipping, and fastening clothes
  • May not be able to identify which part of their body was touched if they were not looking
  • May be afraid of the dark
  • May be a messy dresser; looks disheveled, does not notice pants are twisted, shirt is half un-tucked, shoes are untied, one pant leg is up and one is down, etc.
  • Has difficulty using scissors, crayons, or silverware
  • Continues to mouth objects to explore them even after age two
  • Has difficulty figuring out physical characteristics of objects; shape, size, texture, temperature, weight, etc.
  • May not be able to identify objects by feel and uses vision to help when reaching into backpack or desk to retrieve an item

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