Visual Art Teacher's comments
by Linda Rodriguez
(Mundelein, IL 60060)
I teach art in a K-2 school, in a very affluent area. All of the teachers have commented on the lack of fine motor skills in some of the children, especially Kindergartners, and how prevalent this problem is. The lack of fine motor skills seems to affect many different areas, not just art, but it has caused me to alter the materials I use and the processes we create with. I am writing a paper for my Masters' Degree on the role of the visual arts in the development of fine motor skills. I could use any info, data, etc., you OT people have on the recent epidemic of poor fine motor skills in young-elementary aged children and the probable causes.
At the school I teach in, teachers have been blaming the prevalence of computer play in young, especially affluent children. What are your ideas about the causes? Are children just delayed developmentally for longer periods of time than in previous generations? Linda Rodriguez