The popular book Fine Motor Skills for Children with Down Syndrome is now available in a completely revised third edition. The author is an occupational therapist and parent of an adult with Down syndrome. She describes how the characteristics of Down syndrome can impact the acquisition and progression of fine motor skills. She presents a thorough overview of the building blocks of fine motor development, following the course of development from infancy through to adulthood:
• Early arm and hand control
• Stability • Bilateral coordination
Also covered are the fine motor aspects of important daily living skills for home and school with step-by-step activities to build:
• Scissor skills
• Pencil grasp development
• Pre-printing, printing & cursive writing
• Keyboard skills
• Computer and tablet skills
• Dressing, grooming, and feeding skills
"Informed by decades of experience, Maryanne Bruni breaks down the components of fine motor development into practical increments so that persons with Down syndrome can maximize their potential at each stage of life. Parents, teachers, and therapists should be sure to have a copy nearby!"
-Dr. Brian Skotko, Co-Director, Massachusetts General Hospital Down Syndrome Program
About the Author:
Maryanne Bruni has worked for 35 years as a registered occupational therapist, mainly in pediatric settings. She is now volunteer Board President of West Toronto KEYS to Inclusion, a non-profit organization promoting inclusive opportunities for adults with intellectual disabilities. She lives with her husband and youngest daughter, who has Down syndrome, in Toronto.