Tutorial Series: Development of Hand Function

Getting to grips with object exploration, handling and manipulation

A new tut each weekOpen access for one week only. 

Start here: overview of foundation behaviors 
Over the first 5 months the development of upper limb and hand actions includes several overlapping movement behaviors which provide the experience the infant needs for goal directed interactions with toys and objects that start to emerge at 6 months. 

New   Will at 9 weeks: swiping, fingering, looking
In this tutorial you have the opportunity to observe Will using vision, upper limb (swiping) and manual actions to interact with, explore and learn about the environment in three different contexts, each of which influence his actions. 

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Will at 5 weeks - swiping to get hold of a toy
At 5 weeks Will is a very determined fellow and repeated efforts bring his hand into contact with a toy that is suspended within reach.

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► Checklist: object exploration, manipulation and grasp 8-12 months 

 Attention is the magic ingredient for learning new hand (fine motor) skills

 Overview: Infant hand (fine motor), communication and social skills from birth to 18 months 

 A guide to observing infant object exploration  

 From object exploration to goal directed actions: 10-18 months 

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Hand Function Tutorials 

1  Attention is the magic ingredient for learning new hand (fine motor) skills

Lilly 9 mo grasping and chewing on an apple wedge

Lilly 9 mo playing with a bell with a ribbon attached 

Will (5 months 3 weeks) playing with two plastic links and a rattle  

5  Will at 5 weeks - swiping to get hold of a toy

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