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Achondroplasia and Gross Motor Skill Development

The Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health published research on the gross motor skill development of children with achondroplasia.  A population based study was done on children with achondroplasia ages 12 months to 48 months in Australia and New Zealand from 2000 through 2009. The results indicated that children with achondroplasia exhibit delays in gross […]

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Using Metronome Apps to Teach Gross Motor Skills

Lately, I have been using a free metronome app on the iPhone to help teach gross motor skills.  There are several metronome apps so pick the one that works best for you.  I downloaded this one since it was free and it works fine for my purposes. Basically you can set the beat on the […]

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Weight and Gross Motor Skills

Pediatric Physical Therapy published research on weight and gross motor skill development in young children.  Body mass index and gross motor skill level was determined for 4650 kindergarteners.  The results indicated that children with obesity exhibited decreased motor skills compared to their peers especially with respect to locomotor and balance skills. Reference: Roberts, Dawn; Veneri, Diana; […]

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Free Printable – Robot Gross Motor Activity

Here is a fun printable activity that is perfect for partners.  Take a movement break with this activity that encourages gross motor skills, following directions, body awareness and motor planning. You can download the printable at YourTherapySource – http://www.yourtherapysource.com/freerobot.html

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Child Welfare and Gross Motor Skills

Here is an interesting study published in Pediatric Physical Therapy. One hundred seventy six children in the child welfare system underwent gross motor skill evaluations, physical examinations and case workers were interviewed. The results indicated the following: significantly lower gross motor skills for children in foster care versus kinship care children who were abused or […]

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Autism, Motor Skills and Socialization

If you ever need to justify why children with autism need occupational or physical therapy, don’t forget to include the benefits that improvements in motor skill development has on socialization. Recent research looked at young children’s scores on the Battelle Developmental Inventory–Second Edition for gross and fine motor skills. The Baby and Infant Screen for […]

Simple Group Game for Tight Spaces

A variation of this game was played at the local school: Peanut Butter and Jelly Purpose: Encourage eye hand coordination, motor timing and motor planning. Materials: Two different colored balls Activity: Have the children sit on the floor in a large circle. Choose one ball to be the peanut butter and the other ball will […]

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BMI and Gross Motor Skills

Pediatric Physical Therapy published research on the relationship between body mass index (BMI) and gross motor skill level in children. Fifty typically developing 3-5 year old children were evaluated with the Peabody Developmental Motor Scales. Of those 50 children, 24% were overweight/obese with 54% scoring below average on the PDMS in that group. Whereas only […]