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Hand Dexterity still relevant for highly specialized professions

Hand or Manual dexterity is the ability to use your hands in a skillful, coordinated way to grasp and manipulate objects and demonstrate small, precise movements.

As per Dr. Roger Kneebone about a worrisome issue affecting medical students in the UK:  They show a lack of hand dexterity in simple tasks such as tying knots and cutting string. Hand dexterity is a critical skill for surgeons, yet  “It seems we can no longer rely on people having developed these ways of using their hands from early childhood, at home, and at school,” ( https://activeforlife.com/developing-hand-dexterity-in-early-years-essential-for-adulthood/)

Experts have suggested that this ineptitude in fine motor skills among the current generation of emerging clinicians and many more professionals may be due to less exposure to knowledge and learning that require practical drawing and craft skills in primary and secondary schools.

Dr. Rhea Liang, MBChB, an Associate professor of Surgery specializing in breast cancer at Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service in Robina, Australia,  does “wool craft” during lectures to help her listen to and recall information. (The ‘Knitting Lady’ Is a Surgeon and She’s Paying Attention “Unlike Phones, Handiwork Does Not Distract” by-Nick Mulcahy, August 12, 2019, https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/916712)

At present increasing numbers of young kids are just using a keyboard for 90% of their work. they hardly use their thumb for their academic tasks.  Using hand and handheld tools for Geometry, Art, writing skills focus on cursive writing, hand embroidery is, becoming obsolete and are no longer mandatory either in schools or at home as a part of the personality growth. 

Regardless of ability, activities, and skills that focus on dexterity and fine motor skills are important because they help students increase the muscles in their fingers, hands, and wrists, while also increasing coordination. Engaging in skills like embroideries, sewing, cutting, painting, drawing in early life does not necessarily mean that you are going to be a fashion or textiles designer, or, professional in a related field. But, it nurtures your ability to become efficient in certain skills that require high precision, hand-eye coordination, and application of fine motor skills like performing surgery, as quoted earlier.

More and more schools are looking into these abilities apart from your perfect score in your academia. Yes! The Dental Admission Test (DAT) contains a section that specifically tests this skill, and during on-campus interviews, most dental school admissions staff will ask you to discuss how you’ve developed your manual dexterity skills.

At Kalaa You will get the opportunity to nurture this part of your persona and will help to engage the students creatively and refine their needed skills for the future. These developed portfolios can be used towards college admission :

Art Portfolio (3 years Learning skills culminating to Art Portfolio for school admission as Extracurricular activity for a length of time)

Painting Exhibition 

Foundation of Textiles and Fashion Design (2 years Designing/ pattern development/sewing)Needlecraft (2 Years)

Blog writing to support your comprehension skills and explanatory ability

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