Gross motor skills allow a child to feel a sense of independence practical application of development for children.

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Gross motor skills allow a child to feel a sense of independence by being able

to crawl, walk, roll or even just sit-up to things that they enjoy or want to

explore further. Obviously in infancy a child needs more attention and physical

support then once their gross motor skills are becoming perfected, but once a

child gets to the point in which they can maneuver their bodies themselves,

allow it.

Fine motor skills are discovered by the infant and again provide another form

of independence when they are able to grasp something they want all by

themselves by using their hands, arms, fingers and even toes. However, having

the knowledge of what may seem to be abnormal within these skill levels may

help catch a snag before it becomes detrimental as they grow. Some signs of

gross and fine motor delays may display the possibility of cerebral palsy or

autism (as examples), which is what I had experienced.

With my limited amount

of knowledge I was able to recognize delays within my sons gross and fine motor

skills early enough to get help and work him through the delays. At first it

was suggested that my son may be autistic, however, after many therapies and

"fine-tuning" it turned out to just be delays due to his premature birth.

However, those delays, if not dealt with early enough, could have left my son

at a disadvantage for the rest of his life.

Allow your child to explore, cautiously of course, but allow them the

independence they have worked so hard at achieving. This not only promotes a

healthy self image but it helps them realize they can do it without mommy or

daddy's hand all of the time. They worked so hard at helping their coordination

and physical beings develop...