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8 Month Motor And Self-Help Skills Checklist

Fine Motor

  • Tries to pick up tiny objects
  • Manipulates toy actively with wrist movements
  • Reaches and grasps an object with an extended elbow
  • Holds two objects at one time in one hand
  • Releases object above surface into large container

Gross Motor

  • Rolls from back to stomach
  • Lifts head while lying on his or her back
  • Holds weight on one hand while on stomach
  • Sits independently for long periods of time, sometimes uses hands to steady self
  • Uses arms and hands to catch self when falling over while seated
  • Creeps for mobility
  • Stands at furniture and begins to cruise sideways

Feeding Skills

  • Mouths and Gums solid foods
  • Feeds self crackers
  • Holds own bottle
  • Opens mouth when spoon is presented
  • Drinks from cup held by an adult

If your child is not showing the above motor and self-help skills, a consultation is recommended with a licensed occupational therapist who can provide you with suggestions which may prevent a problem from developing, determine if a screening test or in-depth diagnostic testing is needed at this time, and/or provide you with possible funding sources if treatment is needed.

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