Gross motor skills
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.