Inclusive Resource on Sensorimotor Child Development for Parents and Teachers

Visual Motor Skills


Visual Motor Skills are necessary for just about everything we do in life, at least if our hands are involved.  Visual Motor simply refers to tasks that require work from two body parts and functions:

  • Our eyes and vision
  • Our hands and fine motor dexterity

Each of these areas have many skill sets that need to develop. Then, the skills need to be combined in a coordinated way.  The eyes usually guide the hands.  Sometimes we use our hands to help keep our eyes rooted to a specific target (e.g. pointing at a tennis ball).


Visual Skills Essential for Visual Motor Proficiency

  •  Visual Attention
  •  Visual Focus
  •  Visual Tracking
  •  Visual Perception


Hand Skills Essential for Visual Motor Proficiency

  • Hand Strength
  • Fine Motor Coordination
  • Tactile Discrimination
  • Bilateral Motor Coordination
  • Eye Hand Motor Coordination

Classic Visual Motor Skills ALL Children must develop:

  • Drawing
  • Scissor Use
  • Pre-Writing
  • Writing
  • Puzzle Skills and Block Construction
  • Miscellaneous Manipulatives
  • Dressing Skills
  • Eating and Food Prep


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