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Fine Motor Skills as a Predictor of Math Skills

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Fine motor skills and math abilities in children have been investigated by researchers to determine their associations with one another. Do fine motor skill abilities effect the development of math skills? Is the development of math skills associated with fine motor skill development?

One study examined the relationship of fine motor skills and math.  Fine Motor Precision and Fine Motor Integration, and early reading and math skills were investigated in primary school children.  The researchers concluded that:

  • children performed better in reading than math.
  • fine motor skills were a better predictor of early math skill ability than they were of early reading ability.

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