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HOW CHILDREN DEVELOP MOTOR SKILLS

As your child grows, you are likely to notice they can do things that they couldn’t do before. This is because your child is growing physically and psychologically, developing skills by interacting with objects and people.

Motor skill development usually involves achieving milestones. Although every child is different, children usually achieve these milestones in the same order and general age range.

This program’s activities are designed and tested to enhance your child’s mental motor skills and improve their overall self-esteem.

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Types of Motor Skills

There are two types of motor skills. Gross motor skills depend on motions of the large muscles in the arms, legs, and torso. Fine motor skills depend on motions of smaller muscles in the hands, feet, tongue, and lips.

Milestones that involve gross motor skills include:

  • Turning over from the back to the stomach
  • Sitting up
  • Crawling
  • Walking

At later stages of development, children develop fine motor skills. Fine motor skills are important for many activities, such as:

  •  Manipulating small objects
  • Speaking clearly
  • Writing
  • Painting
  • Playing a musical instrument

Developing Motor Skills

Parents can help children to develop motor skills by playing with them in ways that encourage them to use their muscles in coordinated ways. Interaction with other children through games and playground activities promotes motor skill development and boosts self-esteem.

Fine motor skill development can improve speaking, writing, and art. These abilities empower children to express themselves and broaden their circle of friends.

Unfortunately, many children face bullying and social isolation. A delay in motor skill development can be an obstacle to making friends and developing social skills. Children can overcome bullying and regain their self-esteem by developing motor skills.

In just two 15-minute sessions per week, the RevUp program can help children develop motor skills in a fun and supportive way. Act now to promote your child’s well-being. For more information, or to enroll your child in RevUp, call 561-358-7730 today.

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