At the Therapy and Learning Centre our physios are all very experienced in motor (movement) development and work with babies and infants who are having difficulty developing normal movement skills. Sometimes babies will take a little longer to reach their milestones or sometimes they will perform these movements in an awkward manner. This can be caused by a number of reasons. Once these are identified, we then teach handling and positioning techniques to promote the use of the correct combination of muscles.
Encouraging optimal early motor development is very important as it forms the foundations for later development. Symmetrical crawling on hands and knees is important to assist in developing a child's pelvic, shoulder, trunk and wrist stability. Developing this stability is important for a child's postural control, as well as the development of fine and gross motor skills. The opposite arm and leg motion used in the crawling action helps a child to integrate the brain hemispheres, thereby promoting better coordination of the two sides of their body and other skills. This integration is important in the development of overall learning, especially reading skills.
Do any of these points describe your bub?
- Doesn’t like tummy time
- Turns head more to one side
- Is not rolling or crawling
- Bottom shuffles
- Seems slow to walk
- Has poor balance once standing or not progressing to walking
- Has low muscle tone or increased flexibility