Name: Visual Motor Program
Solution Plan: Visual motor skills, also referred to as visual motor integration, are the skills that emerge from the integration of visual skills, visual perceptual skills and motor skills that allows the use of the eyes and hands in a coordinated and efficient way.
String colorful beads, macaroni, or cereal.
Games that encourage diagonal awareness help with drawing out this challenging skill. These games include tic-tac-toe, Connect Four, Checkers, and Chinese checkers.
Use lacing cards, geoboards, and Etch A Sketch boards.
Construct simple to more complex origami figures.
Play flashlight tag by shining a flashlight on a wall and moving it up and down, left and right, and so on. Have the individual follow the pattern.
Drawing and Pre-Writing Activities
The developmental sequence of line drawing is first horizontal and vertical straight lines, and then circles. Have the individual trace lines to make shapes, diagonal lines, lazy 8s (the number eight on its side), patterns, and then numbers and letters.
Draw within a large space like a chalkboard, dry erase board, or sidewalk using chalk for the individual to get the feel of the movements involved in making each line, shape, letter, or number.
Encourage drawing strokes from top to bottom for writing readiness.
Complete dot-to-dot drawings.
Draw shapes in a thin layer of sand that has been poured over a piece of colored construction paper on a tray.
Make shapes with toothpicks, straws, pipe cleaners and tongue depressors
Spread a layer of modeling clay on the surface of a tray and use a pencil to draw in it or play tic tac toe
Draw half a house or pizza etc., and have the individual complete the other half.
Draw shapes with a highlighter for the individual to trace over
Make shapes with sticks (toothpicks, popsicle sticks, Wikki Stix, etc.) for the individual to trace beside
Coloring inside the lines: Draw (outlining) over the lines first with a crayon, then color it in
and Use Wikki Stix or glue yarn around the area to be colored in; this acts as a boundary to contain coloring
Difficulty stringing beads: Use plastic gimp or pipe cleaners instead of string
Hand-over-hand guidance is often needed to help the individual get the feel for drawing a stroke or writing a letter.
Writing and drawing on a vertical or slanted surface improves viewing, head position and hand/wrist position. Drawing can be done on an easel or even on paper taped to a wall. A slant board can be placed on a desktop for writing tasks.
Tummy writing: helps with developing shoulder stability and an upright head. This can be done for writing, drawing and play activities. (when age appropriate)
Motor Skills and Strategies
Dry Erase Board
Description- Tic Tac Toe Family Games Wood
Description: Fun Express Wild Encounters Lacing Cards
7.Etch a Sketch
Description: Easy Origami
9.Dry Erase Board
Description: Tabletop Magnetic Easel
11.Wooden Craft Sticks