Visual motor integration is the eyes telling the hands/body what to do. This is ever so important in fine motor and gross motor activities. Some examples of fine motor activities involving visual motor integration: handwriting, coloring, playing with Legos, etc. Some examples of gross motor activities involving visual motor integration: hitting a ball, catching a ball, riding a bicycle, etc.
Studies have found visual motor integration to be more important than either fine motor skills alone or visual perceptual skills alone in determining whether a child has good handwriting
Some milestones to see if your child is on track include:
- By 2 years old: should be able to imitate drawing a vertical line
- By 2 years, 10 months old: should be able to copy a vertical line
- By 3 years old: should be able to copy a circle
- By 4 years old: Draws a person with 3 different body parts
- By 4 years, 11 months old: Copies an X