It’s almost February! If you have a wee little one, there is always the question of “Did they start walking yet?” A few months back, I wrote a post about speech, language and hearing milestones. If you are wondering where your child should be as far as milestones go I recommend this link for motor milestones to my clients.
The website covers these areas:
GROSS MOTOR SKILLS
Gross motor skills include large motor movements. Think rolling, sitting, crawling, throwing a ball over your head. Gross motor skills use the large muscles of the torso, shoulders, arms, legs and feet.
FINE MOTOR SKILLS
Fine motor skills are small movements – such as picking up items like a spoon or pulling a string on a favorite toy. Fine motor skills use small muscles of the hands, fingers and toes.
Physical development is discussed from birth through 12 years of age. The website also covers more detail on muscle tone and range of movement.
Keep in mind that all skills fall within a range and there is room for individual growth and progress. Developmental milestones are guidelines for when most skills develop for most kids. This list is meant to give you an overview. As always if you have concerns, talk to your pediatrician or contact local support services.
And remember even if Aunt Agnes is asking about walking, you can have a sense of realistic expectations for your child’s motor development.
Vanessa D’Auria is a licensed speech-language pathologist providing home-based services in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan. For more information about Vanessa, visit speechtherapyvanessadauria.com or to ask speech/language questions, email directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photograph by Tonya Teran Photography (also a great blog!)
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