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December 2017: Incorporating Grasping and Releasing into Your Child's Daily Routine

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This month, we conclude our series about the grasping and releasing techniques you can incorporate into your child’s daily routine in order to improve their arm and hand movement.

  • Ask your child to pick up items from a variety of surfaces. Items on a table or at eye level may be easier for your child to grasp, whereas items on other surfaces (bed, floor, tables at different lengths) may be more of a challenge.
  • Add grasping into your child’s evening routine. Have them pick up an item of clothing in each hand and put them in a hamper, or use each hand to bring a lightweight/plastic dish, cup, or plate to the sink after meals.

Have your child practice both their gross and fine motor skills. Ask them to grasp a bucket or watering can while walking or carry large toys to a toy box. To make it more challenging, gradually increase the weight of the bucket and toys. 

    If you have a topic or questions that you would like the Helping Hands blog to address, please email HelpingHands@kennedykrieger.org.

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