Fine Motor Skills

Rachel - posted on 12/30/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Just a question,.
Every Dr. and teacher my son sees comments how he has really strong fine motor skills.
Do autistic children tend to not??

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Judi - posted on 12/30/2009

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It can be one of the delays. Autism is like a jigsaw of a thousand pieces, generally with the corner bits missing. Fine motor, muscle tone, speech and social skills are thought to be the corners.

Sylvia - posted on 12/31/2009

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my ds has great gross motor skills and fine motor skills and is on the spectrum high functioning took him longer to use scissors but did it and i had to teach him from 2 how to hold a pen but now his 4 can write cut etc no problems

Renee - posted on 12/30/2009

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Some children on the spectrum have very low muscle tone and are kind of floppy. Not all, my son is very muscular and his fine motor skills are great. But every child seems to have a different combination of a 1,000 pieces of the puzzle.

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Sheila - posted on 12/31/2009

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My son has the floppy muscle tone and very poor fine motor skills. OT believes him to be tactile hyposensitive so this impacts handwriting.

There really are so many variations on the spectrum. As a teacher of special ed, I went to a lot of workshops and this is literally what I took away as the only absolute in the world of autism:

Every child on the spectrum is unique.

At each workshop, I swear it was like the presenter thought they had discovered something new when they would utter these words! LOL

Sylvia - posted on 12/31/2009

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the thing is the spectrum is so large as are the problems that come with it i just see it as one less thing we need to worry about

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