The program is designed to provide the education, support, and materials that will instill a sense of confidence and competence in preschool and kindergarten children, who are at the age when they are developing and refining their fine motor skills.
Not only does the program help these students with their physical development, but it also provides them with an enormous boost in their positive self-esteem; a proven driver in student academic success.
The grant will be used to purchase age-appropriate fine motor curricula and to provide the training for the educational staff in how to successfully integrate and implement it in their classrooms.
This training also includes ongoing weekly support to connect fine motor activities with the curricula and students individual needs.
“We are very grateful and excited to receive this grant,” stated Peggy Hoffman, Bucks IU Clinical Supervisor of Occupational and Physical Therapy. “The curricula, tools, and fine motor skill education it will support will make a lasting, positive impact on the lives of the children of Bucks County we serve.”
Additionally, the grant will also allow the Bucks IU to collaborate with local Occupational Therapy college and university programs to support setting up Fine motor toolkits and creating new educational materials regarding fine motor development for teachers and staff.
The Bucks IU will also provide Family Education on how to support fine motor development in young children through play in upcoming Fine Motor Fun Fair events that will be held in each of the three regions (lower, middle, and upper) in the county.
PHOTO CAP: From left, Ron Bernstein, FCP Executive Director, presents the grant check to the Bucks IU’s Ms. Peggy Hoffman, Clinical Supervisor of Occupational and Physical Therapy; Ms. Tina Giazzoni-Fialko, Occupational Therapist; and Dr. Mark Hoffman, Executive Director.