I’m off to read your words of wisdom on the Kate issue, but while I do, here is my next conundrum.
I went to school and noticed the teaching assistant mark off something on a
chart. What is that, I asked. She said that it was a chart where they
tracked each child’s progress with puzzles so that they could see how they
progressed through the year. Well,
before I even looked at the chart, I knew what I would be seeing:
Kate – above average Adam – right at the bottom
Adam does not like doing puzzles because he gets incredibly frustrated trying to fit the puzzle pieces together. His hands are so stiff and his fingers so splayed that none of the pieces fit into each other properly and he gets himself all worked up. I keep wanting to tell him ‘relax, do it gently and slowly!’ I’ve kind of known that we should be doing something about it, but being the magnificent procrastinator that I am, I’ve done nothing.
Of course, also being the over paranoid mother that I am, I am now concerned that I should be doing about this. His fine motor skills suck, to be brutally frank. His hands are very stiff and he seems to have poor control when it comes to things like threading and drawing.
Naturally my first instinct is to phone up the OT and book him in IMMEDIATELY, but I thought I would check with you first.
What do you think? Should I worry or not? Are fine motor skills important? What long term effects does poor fine motor skills have? Will he get it eventually on his own? Should I take him for some OT?
I’m obviously putting on a little. Not everyone is good at stuff like puzzles, and in fact, I hate puzzles myself. So I am not freaking out, but if there is something I can do to make things easier for him, I obviously will.
What are your thoughts?