What are fine-motor groups? The fine-motor group program was developed by the AIU OT/PT department to address district needs regarding increasing numbers of students demonstrating poor fine-motor skills in kindergarten. OT staff work weekly with groups of students, within the classroom setting, who are identified as having difficulty with fine-motor tasks such as pencil grasp, printing, and scissor skills.
How can the AIU help? Our therapist models and shares strategies and adaptations with the teacher for carry over throughout the week. School districts implementing these groups have noted a reduction in the need for OT referrals and teachers have learned strategies to benefit all students.
How does the program work? OT staff work with groups of students within the classroom setting who are identified as having difficulty with fine-motor tasks. These sessions typically run 30 minutes per week ranging from six weeks to year-round, depending on student need. The students do not need to be identified as special education. Your teacher is provided with a Fine-Motor Fun Kit of supplies such as pencil grips and sensory fidgets to trial with students.
Does the therapist interact with the classroom teacher? Yes, our OT collaborates with the teacher throughout the activity and also shares strategies and adaptations that can be used throughout the week. The therapist also is available to answer questions throughout the week, if needed.
What are the benefits of utilizing this service? Fine-motor groups can reduce OT referrals, provide teacher education for strategies to implement across the school day and benefit all students, including regular and special education. Through this program, the therapist can effectively support multiple students and identify students who may require more support within the traditional classroom setting.
Is there an additional cost for this service? No, the cost is the same as AIU standard hourly rates.