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My child has trouble grasping smaller objects. Should I be worried?

Many toddlers struggle manipulating smaller objects like crayons, toothbrushes and smaller toys. Often, children will drop them, and that’s perfectly normal, particularly if your child is under 18 months.

That’s because grasping smaller objects requires a combination of many different skills, including motor planning, dexterity and muscle control.

However, if your child is older than 18 months, and is still having trouble holding or manipulating a spoon, toothbrush, or stack of blocks, then there may be cause for concern.

Usually, the cause is simply that your child’s motor skills development is delayed – and that’s usually just a matter of practice. It could, however, be that your child has a vision problem – it’s difficult to pick up objects that you can’t see properly.

Whatever the cause, the best course of action would be to speak to your doctor, who can refer you to an occupational therapist, vision specialist, or any other doctor who may be needed to solve the problem.

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