Training of fine motor skills is necessary for absolutely all users of prosthetic arms. This video is a treasure trove of algorithms and recommendations for such training. I would like to highlight a few of them:
Make sure that the child does not raise the shoulder of the prosthesis arm. By doing this, the child compensates for some awkwardness and muscle tension. This is common at first classes, and in one-to-one work, you should pay attention to this right away and try to avoid it. This is important because constantly raising the shoulder causes muscle strain. If it becomes a habit, it can have a negative impact on the child’s posture.
Training, focused on the interest of the child is the best investment of time and effort. Chess means chess. It can be replaced with cars, applications, Jenga, Lego – basically, anything.
Always start with something simple, a few objects of larger size and maximum space between them. Objects should fit in the hand of the prosthesis.
The correct logic of forming a class is individual work. It is necessary for initial training of the child and creating confidence in their movements. Then they can join other children for integration and interaction.
Pediatrician, doctor of physical therapy and sports medicine.
Author of rehabilitation and preparation for prosthetics techniques.