Large Motor Skills
When is the best time to start encouraging your child to develop large motor skills? As an infant! Simple tasks such as keeping your head up or rolling over or picking up a toy are all the beginnings of large motor skill development, and when this area is overlooked, problems can easily develop later. Some therapy includes having adults practice crawling, that's how important these areas of development really are!
Simple changes can have huge and long-term results.
Consider the classic options of a baby carrier or carrying your baby.
Older children still need to use their large muscles and develop coordination and skill in these areas. If you visit the park each day, you'll likely enjoy calmer children in the evenings and better sleep for everyone. Some studies have even indicated certain types of large motor skills being directly related to certain types of academic skills, such as skipping and reading or using swings and math.
The baby carrier does all the work for babies and in fact prevents them from learning much at all, leaving them stranded like a turtle on their back, with no way to move around, use their muscles, visit with anyone, or learn much about the world. Some babies have even been seen parked in the carrier under the table at restaurants, right alongside the purses and backpacks!
Babies who are carried by a friend have the chance to develop all their muscles at once as they use their legs to hold on and their hands to reach out and their curiousity to explore the world with eyes and ears and thoughts and their developing language to try to communicate with everyone around them. Learn more about baby wraps and slings.
Research shows that even just 15 minutes of recess at school leads to improved grades and better behavior.
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