Children with articulation delay often have fine motor delay. At times, a consultation with an occupational therapist (OT) is necessary. Other times children may simply need to be exposed to the types of activities listed below to encourage development of the hand muscles.
Encourage the writing fingers (see picture above) to do the work during precise fine motor activities. While holding a marker or crayon, encourage a proper grip (see picture at right).
During writing and many other fine motor tasks, the writing fingers (thumb, pointer and middle fingers) are active, while the pinky and ring fingers stay tucked in, secure against the palm.
Proper use of the fingers lays the foundation for higher level fine motor skills like writing letters and tying shoes.