Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: ILSEO | 2012/03/13

Q.

GROSS MOTOR SKILLS 5 &  1/2 YEAR OLD

MY DAUGHTER IS CURRENTLY IN GRADE R AND I GOT A NOTE FROM THE TEACHER SAYING THAT SHE IS WORRIED ABOUT HER GROSS MOTOR SKILLS DEVELOPMENT. SHE DID NOT ELABORATE BUT SAID WE SHOULD TAKE HER TO AN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST. SHE IS CURRENTLY DOING GYMNASTICS FOR HER 2ND YEAR AND HER COACH HAS NEVER MENTIONED ANY PROBLEMS EXCEPT THAT WE NEED TO WORK ON UPPER BODY STRENGTH. SHE CAN JUMP, RUN, CATCH A BALL ETC, BUT I KNOW SHE STILL STRUGGLES WITH JUMPING ON 1 LEG WHEN USING THE LEFT LEG THE RIGHT ONE IS FINE. WHAT SHOULD SHE BE ABLE TO DO AT THIS AGE? HER FINE MOTOR SKILLS SEEM TO BE MORE THAN OK.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Your daughter's gross motor skills seem to be fine.The formal list of gross motor skills at 5 years include: can run like an older child, can walk on tiptoes, can jump from one spot to another, can balance on a narrow surface such as a beam and can skip.

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