A guideline for gross motor skill development for your little human

Gross motor skill development is at the core of our children growing stronger by the day. We love to see each and every one of our clients move closer to their goals through various activities along the way. Physiotherapy can play an important role in improving the development of gross motor skills assisting with your child’s posture, coordination, balance, walking, sitting, and standing.

Activities such as throwing and catching, jumping, climbing and balancing, running and changing direction, can all benefit your child in developing their gross motor skills.

Sometimes we forget to assess where our children are at with their development, and in particular their gross motor skills.

Our paediatric physiotherapists are experts in child and baby development and the development of their movement.

Movement allows our little humans to explore their bodies and how they work

Being able to move easily and successfully is essential for babies and children to learn and grow.

Strong cores are building blocks

Everything starts with a strong core. A strong core is the fundamental base and building blocks for developing gross motor skills, and essentially helps to coordinate the movement of arms and legs.

Easy ways you can help strengthen your child’s core at home:

  • Encourage playing in different positions – activities such as animal walks can be very effective – walking like a bear or crab requires lots of control and helps build core muscle. Also, the “wheelbarrow position” where you hold your child’s legs and they walk on their hands in a straight plank position is great for building core muscle.
  • Go to your local park and play on the swings. Swinging helps to engage core muscles while having fun in the process.
  • Musical statues and “Simon Says” are great games to encourage children to hold certain postural positions.
  • If you have a gym ball at home this is great fun for children and core exercises at the same time.
  • Visit places such as Bounce or play cafés where they have soft surfaces as these encourage children to hold their core automatically to manoeuvre around and play.
  • Swimming is also a great activity that helps build strength and endurance in a child core muscle.

Paediatric physiotherapists can help your baby or child:

  • Achieve milestones for their age
  • If they’re bottom shuffling for too long or are delayed in walking
  • If they’re continuing to toe walk.
  • Having difficulty with motor skills such as jumping, hopping and climbing.
  • If they have disabilities
  •  Have lower limb alignment issues such as flat feet, knock knees and bow legs
  • If they’re overly flexible
  • Following an injury or trauma
  • Require rehabilitation

It’s important to us here at Adelaide Paediatrics to use a holistic approach when it comes to your child’s physiotherapy. We know that every child is different and has a unique set of needs. Taking into account their physical, emotional, sensory, social and cognitive abilities is important when assessing how we work together.

We love to see your child grow and develop which ultimately helps them at school, at home and everywhere in between.

For a little more information or help with your child’s learning and development, we’d love you to reach out to us here at Adelaide Paediatrics.

Physiotherapy services are based across  6 locations throughout South Australia:

  • Mile End: 08 7123 6147
  • Kensington Park: 08 7123 6176
  • Ashford: 08 7123 6171
  • Bedford Park: 08 7123 6149
  • Elizabeth Vale: 08 7123 6148
  • Morphett Vale: 08 7123 6163

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