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Fine motor skills in children with Down syndrome : a guide for parents and professionals
Bruni, Maryanne.
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Bethesda, MD : Woodbine House, 1998.
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xvi, 191 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm.
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RJ506.D68 B78 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Written for parents, health professionals and teachers, this is a guide to understanding and developing fine motor skills in children with Down Syndrome. The author draws on her expertise as a occupational therapist and parent to show readers how to help children develop the hand skills required for such tasks as holding a pencil, cutting with scissors, or using a computer. The author is sensitive to the medical, physical and psychological characteristics of children with Down Syndrome and how these can effect motor development. Dozens of articles are provided, complete with photographs and step-by-step instructions, which are appropriate for children in infancy to early adolescence. In addition to hand skills, some cover basic gross motor skills, which help to lay the foundation for fine motor development. Readers can choose among different categories of skills - self-help, school activities, leisure and recreation - and easily incorporate most activities into daily home or school routines.

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Occupational therapist Bruni, mother of a Down syndrome child herself, offers a visual model of how fine-motor or hand skills develop that breaks them down into components rather than regarding their stages of development. She bases her demonstration of the hand skills of dexterity and, from it, of grasping, release, and eventually such activities as drawing, printing, and grooming upon a foundation of stability, bilateral coordination, and sensation. She emphasizes throughout very specific and practical ideas and techniques for parents to help their young children with Down syndrome develop fine-motor skills despite such hindrances as low muscle tone, lax ligaments, shorter limbs, smaller hands, and a curved fifth finger. Often, slight modification of an activity, such as substituting a pullover jacket with a short zipper for a zip-up jacket, can enable the child to master an activity and gain more independence. The glossary, bibliography, and directory of sources of adapted equipment add value to Bruni's highly specialized, substantive handbook for parents and professionals. --Kathryn Carpenter