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BMI and Gross Motor Skills by Your Therapy Source Posted Sat 14 May 2011 9:25pm Pediatric Physical Therapy published research on the relationship between body mass index (BMI) and gross motor skill level in children. Fifty typically developing 3-5 year old children were evaluated with the Peabody Developmental Motor Scales. Of those 50 children, 24% were overweight/obese with 54% scoring below average on the PDMS in that g ... Read on »
Child Welfare and Gross Motor Skills by Your Therapy Source Posted Sun 27 Nov 2011 2:35pm Here is an interesting study published in Pediatric Physical Therapy. One hundred seventy six children in the child welfare system underwent gross motor skill evaluations, physical examinations and case workers were interviewed. The results indicated the following significantly lower gross motor skills for children in foster care versus kins ... Read on »
Weight and Gross Motor Skills by Your Therapy Source Posted Wed 26 Sep 2012 3:30am Pediatric Physical Therapy published research on weight and gross motor skill development in young children.  Body mass index and gross motor skill level was determined for 4650 kindergarteners.  The results indicated that children with obesity exhibited decreased motor skills compared to their peers especially with respect to locomotor and ... Read on »
Using Metronome Apps to Teach Gross Motor Skills by Your Therapy Source Posted Thu 08 Nov 2012 4:00am Lately, I have been using a free metronome app on the iPhone to help teach gross motor skills.  There are several metronome apps so pick the one that works best for you.  I downloaded this one since it was free and it works fine for my purposes. Basically you can set the beat on the metronome to a fast or slow speed.  The tick tock on the ... Read on »
Achondroplasia and Gross Motor Skill Development by Your Therapy Source Posted Thu 24 Jan 2013 10:20pm The Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health published research on the gross motor skill development of children with achondroplasia.  A population based study was done on children with achondroplasia ages 12 months to 48 months in Australia and New Zealand from 2000 through 2009. The results indicated that children with achondroplasia e ... Read on »
Oropharyngeal Dysphagia, Gross Motor Skills and Cerebral Palsy by Your Therapy Source Posted Tue 16 Apr 2013 3:41pm Pediatrics published research on the relationship between oropharyngeal dysphagia and gross motor skills in children with cerebral palsy. A cross sectional population based study was done in Queensland with children ages 18-36 months with a confirmed diagnosis of cerebral palsy. Using various assessments for oropharyngeal dysphagia and gross ... Read on »
Rug Gripper and Gross Motor Skills by Your Therapy Source Posted Tue 12 Feb 2013 5:00am I have found that visual cues can really help children when practicing gross motor skills.  Things like poly spots or cones are great for some kids but sometimes you need a little something extra.  Pictured above are the feet from Proprioceptive Poems .  These feet are great to provide that extra visual cue as to where you need children to ... Read on »
Gross Motor Skills and Psychiatric Disorders by Your Therapy Source Posted Wed 15 Dec 2010 10:49am Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology published research on the gross motor performance and physical fitness of children with psychiatric disorders. One hundred children (81 boys and 19 girls with a mean age of 9 yrs 11 months) were divided into three subgroups: emotional disorders (17 children), behavioral disorders (44 children) and pervas ... Read on »
Improving Babies' Motor Skills by Susan H. Patient ExpertFacebook Posted Thu 23 Jul 2009 10:08pm Gross motor skills involve the use of large muscles in the legs and arms to create an action like jumping, clapping and throwing. Fine motor skills involve using small movements, like fingers grasping a piece of food, pushing toes to move toward a toy, rotating wrists and fingers to manipulate an object, and positioning the lips and tongue to ba ... Read on »
Schedule Practice Time for Motor Skills by Your Therapy Source Posted Thu 06 Sep 2012 4:00am A new school year brings new students and new goals.  Most students who receive therapy services have goals related to fine and gross motor skill development.  As we know from motor learning theories individuals need practice time to learn and maintain motor skills.  Therefore, therapists need to provide suggestions for ample practice ... Read on »