In-hand manipulation is the most complex fine motor skill. It’s the ability to hold an object in one hand and move or re-position it without having to use your other hand. This includes things like being able to twirl a pencil in one hand or spin a coin from head to tails.
This ability is important in learning how to efficiently coordinate hand muscles so they can control objects like a pencil or pen.
If your child is having difficulties with in-hand manipulation, you might notice that they use both hands to do movements they should only need one for. They might also be using their bodies or furniture to stabilise an object and get the job done.
There are a number of activities you can try to help your child develop in-hand manipulation, including:
If you’ve tried all of these techniques and you’re still not seeing any improvement after four months, please speak to a health professional for advice.