Gross motor includes the use of larger muscle groups such as the legs and arms and involves every day functions like walking, standing, running, climbing and balance. Hand/eye co-ordination is also a crucial aspect of gross motor skills, such as throwing, catching and kicking. Gross motor development is important as it involves the core muscles of the body which have a significant role in enabling a child to maintain table top posture, endurance for coping with a full day of school and stabilizing the neck and the trunk.
Any problems with gross motor development will impact a child significantly. Children will not be able to manage a full day of school as they will lack the endurance needed. They will have difficulties in any sport activities and most importantly their self-esteem and confidence will be severely compromised.
Enhancing gross motor skills will build strength, balance/stability and co-ordination in your child. There are various exercises that will assist with your child’s core strength and endurance, and improve sensory processing.