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5 Ways Gross motor skills make your child more independent.

5 Ways Gross motor skills make your child more independent.

“Movement, or physical activity, is thus an essential factor in intellectual growth, which depends upon the impressions received from outside. Through movement we come in contact with external reality, and it is through these contacts that we eventually acquire even abstract ideas.”

~ Dr. Maria Montessori, The Secret of Childhood

Welcome to the Series of Independence & Development. Today, we will talk about the significant milestone of Early Childhood. Gross Motor development!

You wish the best for your newborn and why wouldn’t you? You want them to lead a hassle free & independent life, even when you’re not with them. The early childhood milestones a child covers is Gross motor skills. The time your child’s starts to support his head, crawl, stand up and try to walk, etc. all comes under gross motor activities. 

They are important in everyday physical activities like walking, running, throwing, lifting, kicking, etc. while maintaining balance.

But if there are delays or any physical disabilities, they may require parental support. Now you may not always know how to help which is why, Mom’s Belief experts provide manifold services like consultation, training, therapy and assessments under one roof at affordable prices.

Here are 5 ways gross motor skills help your child. 

  • Balance & Co-ordination – You may know that gross motor skills involve running, walking, dancing that is directly linked to your physical, social, and emotional health. They practise controlling and coordinating their body movements.
  • Improve attention -Games or activities, like hopscotch for hopping, that encourage direct task/skill practice improves alertness levels as in readiness to respond quickly when they lose their balance and to respond to changes in the environment around them.
  • Ability to Assess Risk – This is another important life skill, not only for physical well-being but also for taking risks in life when making decisions. It promotes problem solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Increase Confidence –. When your child masters gross motor skills, he/she actively participates in sports that builds confidence and enables them to develop strong friendships.
  • Brain Development – The early years lay the groundwork for motor skills and learning aids, particularly practising skills that require advanced thinking and mental dexterity.

Now that we have covered Gross Motor Skills, next up in line is Fine Motor Skills. Another level of motor skill development in children.

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