Press Here, a book about motor skills

“Press here” by Hervé Tullet is a book for children that has a little yellow dot as main character, who hangs around with a red dot and a blue dot. In every page the text guide you through different actions that you can do with the dots such as press them a certain number of times, shake the book, put it upside down, move it from the right to the left, clap your hands once, twice and so on. For every action, there is an equal reaction.

With through this reading, it is possible to involve the children to explore lots of different topics like numbers (asking them to count the dots on the page), space (exploring directions and shapes), and their motor skills.

Acquiring motor skills is just one part of children’s development. Mastering both fine and gross motor skills are important for children’s growth and independence. Having good motor control helps children explore the world around them and also helps with their cognitive development.

A motor skills disorder, also known as developmental coordination disorder, is diagnosed when motor skills problems significantly interfere with academic achievement or activities of daily living. Motor skills disorder may be first identified when a preschooler or kindergartener is unable to perform age-appropriate skills, such as buttoning buttons and catching a ball, or when an elementary school child struggles with writing or sports activities. A child with motor skills disorder may have difficulty with the mechanics of writing, with planning motor actions, or with memorising motor patterns. 

The foundation of a good therapeutic intervention is that is essential to understand from the beginning which are the motor skills abilities to develop.

I suggest and I use this book during my sessions with lots of activities to play, learn, have fun and to challenge every child in his life!

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