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Drawing for Occupational Therapy

Posted by Brian Spence on Mar 8, 2019 8:00:00 AM

DrawingOccupational Therapy helps to develop and sustain the abilities for day-to-day functions and your overall welfare. There are a few ways to keep these skills up to par and drawing is one of them. Keep reading to see how drawing is a good form of occupational therapy.

Motor Skills

There are two types of motor skills that we have: fine motor skills and gross motor skills. Fine motor skills are the small movements that we make with our toes, fingers, lips, wrists, and tongues, like when you hold a pen or text on a phone.

Gross motor skills are the bigger movements, like throwing a baseball. They aide us in the movement of our legs, arms, and the muscles that help with the bigger movements and controlling the body. The use of drawing for occupational therapy can help enhance both types of motor skills, especially your fine motor skills.

Awareness of Surroundings

When you are focused on drawing a picture, obviously you're paying attention to what's going on in your drawing. The more times you take account of what you're drawing, the more that ability transfers into other parts of your life, like being able to keep tabs on what's happening around you. Drawing can help you become more aware of your environment.

Problem-Solving and Critical Thinking

Drawing as a form of occupational therapy gets the brain working and thinking. Every time you get your brain processing something, it adds to your ability to work things out. That is what critical thinking and problem-solving are. So every time you draw, you're boosting your ability to figure out other things like a tough situation you might be presented with.

Planning and Implementing Ideas

When you draw something, you first plan it out in your head, at least to some degree. This can help you in life, too. Drawing gets your brain to come up with an idea and then bring it to fruition by drawing it. Drawing can help you bolster this quality in reality and will beef up your ability to imagine something and then make it a reality, something that is pretty important if you ever want to accomplish any goals in life.

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