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OT Resources for Parents: Universal Design for Learning Modules

The John McGivney Children’s Centre was provincially funded to create Universal Design for Learning modules to be shared with all Children's Treatment Centres as a universal resource for families and educators to support various areas of fine motor development. 

Fine Motor

A young child does a fine motor activity

Fine motor skills are the ability to make movements using the small muscles in our hands and wrists. We use fine motor skills to perform tasks, like writing, using scissors, getting dressed, etc., that are important for school, work and everyday life.  

Hand Control Development

In-Hand Manipulation

Finger Isolation

Pre-Cutting Skills (Learning to Use Scissors)

Development of Cutting

Crossing Midline

Developing Pencil Grasp

Developing Scissor Skills

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Visual Perception

A child examines a flower outside using a magnifying glass

Visual perception skills help us obtain and organize visual information around us and interpret what is seen. Visual perception skills are essential for reading, writing and orienting letters and words properly.

Visual Memory

Visual Closure

Visual Figure-Ground

Visual Sequential Memory

Visual Form Constancy

Visual Spatial Relations

Visual Discrimination

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Visual Motor

A child gets ready to throw a ball

Visual motor integration refers to the ability to translate a visual into a motor action. In other words, it involves the coordination of visual perception skills and fine motor control, allowing us to use our eyes and hands together to perform tasks like copying letters, copying patterns, catching a ball, etc.

Letter & Number Formations

Developing Pre-Printing Skills 

Printing Program

Journal Strategies for Pre-Printers

Printing Lines

Printing Practice at Home

Pencil Grips

Alternative Pencil Grips

Heavy Pencil Pressure

Light Pencil Pressure


Draw these Lines

Draw these Shapes

Copy these Drawings

Drawing Challenge

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A child plays in a sensory room

Self-regulation is the ability to understand and manage your own behaviour and reactions and includes being able to regulate one's reaction to strong emotions, calm down, focus on a task, control impulses, etc.

Vestibular System

Proprioceptive System

Heavy Work Suggestions for Home

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A close-up of a child tying their shoelaces

Children's independence in daily self-care is important. It empowers them, gives them responsibility and fosters confidence and a sense of accomplishment.

Button Skills

Zipper Skills

Shoelace Tying Skills

Toilet Training

Wiping after Toileting

Feeding Tips for Babies 6-12 months

Feeding your Baby: Moving from purees to table food textures

Drinking from an Open Cup

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