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How do gross and fine motor skills improve throughout a child's development?

How do gross and fine motor skills improve throughout a child's development?

Brain development : from 3 weeks after conception - 25 years dictates developmental trajectory in all streams. Typically, neurons form, migrate to correct positions in the cortex & send out axons & dendrites in correct paths to transmit signals across synapses. From then on, environmental input is key, because experience- dependent neural activity, aka LEARNING, modifies synapses & eliminates unnecessary ones. ...Read more

Dr. Corey Clay
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Motor Development (Definition)

Motor development is the part of a person's development that includes learning to roll over, sit up, crawl, stand, walk; hold toys, pick up ...Read more


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Does a baby with delayed motor development have autism?

Does a baby with delayed motor development have autism?

Usually not: Autism has several characteristics, motor impairment not being one of them.They are stricken with problems interacting with the world around them. ...Read more

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What are normal gross and fine motor skills for toddlers?

What are normal gross and fine motor skills for toddlers?

Varies with age: An example of a gross motor skill is standing,walking.or stooping and recovering. An example of a fine motor skill is picking up a raisin with a neat pincer grasp between fingers. ...Read more

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How are fine motor skills affected by autism?

How are fine motor skills affected by autism?

Usually affected: Most children with autism have fine motor skills that are delayed and for some they never catch up even with years of therapy. This can make writing difficult as well as buttons, zippers, socks and even flushing a toilet. When a child is young it is important to address with therapy but also to remember that there are often other more useful skills they can acquire in spite of this deficit. ...Read more

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Does my child have a mental retardation if delayed motor development?

Does my child have a mental retardation if delayed motor development?

Not Necessarily: The cognitive parts of the brain and the motor areas are seperate to a large degree. It is very possible for the motor area to have been damaged or immature and the thinking, reasoning or cognitive areas to be ok.Of course, sometimes global problems may occur causing problems in both areas. ...Read more

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How are fine motor skills affected by intelligence?

How are fine motor skills affected by intelligence?

Learning is directly: related to cognitive ability; motor planning is an executive function. However, research done in Holland did not find a 1:1 correlation between IQ & fine motor (f.m.) skills. It did find an average 10-point decrease in scores on f.m. tests for every standard deviation or 15-point decrease in kids with IQ scores below 85. ~ 70% of people have IQ's of 85-115, the low-average- high average range. ...Read more

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Is there babbling in sign language as babies are developing language skills?

Is there babbling in sign language as babies are developing language skills?

No: No, I have never heard of this in my 20 years of caring for children. Thanks for taking such an interest in your child's development and thanks for trusting in Healthtap! ...Read more

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What is head bobbing means.worried about that in my 10 m old otherwise normal healthy baby with development milestones met.ped assured not infantile s?

What is head bobbing means.worried about that in my 10 m old otherwise normal healthy baby with development milestones met.ped assured not infantile s?

Though there are : many fairly benign causes of head-bobbing I'd be uncomfortable reassuring any parent without pediatric neurological & ophthalmological evaluations. Spasmus nutans alone, e.g., starts between 4 mos-3 yrs. & often resolves on its own. It's accompanied by nystagmus, rapid eye movements. Gastroesophageal Reflux is another possibility. I'd look into it a bit more. ...Read more

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Do you enhance your brain development as a child through social development?

Do you enhance your brain development as a child through social development?

A + for learning: If the social interactions are positive and reciprocal ( give-and-take) and the other social partner knows how to recognize what the child has mastered and what he's ready to master, the child is encouraged to learn. Building on experiences enriches a child's learning, so being exposed to new, positive experiences is a plus. ...Read more

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Are certain babies at greater risk for motor development delays?

Are certain babies at greater risk for motor development delays?

Yes: Maternal Cocaine and alcohol addiction are 2 things that can place infants at risk for delays in motor development. Cocaine may also interfere with maternal-infant bonding, as some research shows the mothers are less flexible, less engaged, and have shorter feeding sessions than other mothers with newborns. Even at age 2, the infants show deficiencies in both fine and gross motor development. ...Read more

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How do gross and fine motor skills develop from age 0-3 years?

How do gross and fine motor skills develop from age 0-3 years?

It takes > 400 words: to give you specifics; see healthy children.org & firststeps.org. Gross motor develops head-to-toe from 0-12 mos. Fine motor develops from regarding one's hands at 2 mos. to hands in midline, proximal-distal. Grasp develops ulnar to radial, palm to thumb & index finger. Volitional movements require normal muscle tone & strength, vision, disappearance of primitive reflexes & "tummy time". ...Read more

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How does children having sensory impairments affect their development?

How does children having sensory impairments affect their development?

Learning: We learn by what we see, what we hear, what we touch and what touches us. To a lesser extent, we learn by what we taste and smell. It is vital to check vision and hearing in a child with developmental delays. Likewise, it's important to know if a child can explore objects by touch. If there are deficits in any of these, alternative methods of teaching can help a child learn. ...Read more

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What developmental milestones should a 7 weeks old baby have accomplished?

What developmental milestones should a 7 weeks old baby have accomplished?

Age appropriate: 7weeks old baby follows objects .lift head when on tommy , smiles a little makes cooing noise and recognizes mom ...Read more

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How can hearing loss affect my baby's language development?

How can hearing loss affect my baby's language development?

Hearing loss: Hearing is the most important sensory function necessary for speech development. If an infant cannot hear, he/she likely may become a deaf mute. It is important the baby needs full otological evaluation to correct the hearing loss. The earlier the detection the better for the baby. ...Read more

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Toddler speech delay and arm flapping autistic or not?

Toddler speech delay and arm flapping autistic or not?

Needs evaluation!: Bring your toddler in to your pediatrician and voice your concerns about his development. We screen for a variety of early behaviors that increase risk. Does your child smile and interact with others? Does he gesture and point? Does he seem to understand what you say? How is his hearing? Does he have good eye contact with you and others? What does his preschool teacher think? Best of Luck! ...Read more

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What are normal gross and fine motor skills for a 3-year-old?

What are normal gross and fine motor skills for a 3-year-old?

Incomplete list here: Use Developmental Screens on first signs.org & healthy children.org. A 3-yr. old displays normal quality of movement to draw a circle & a cross, use scissors, hold crayon with thumb & fingers, throw ball overhand, catch ball using both hands, dress self (no fasteners), walk up & down stairs alternating feet, ride trike, etc. Public Schools' Child Find Teams assess kids age 3-5, free of charge. ...Read more

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Could cerebral palsy affect growth and development?

Could cerebral palsy affect growth and development?

Yes: Because of the wide variation in this process the outcome varies.Cp can be so mile it is unrecognised in a persons lifetime and exists in very subtle findings on a neurological exam. Some is so pronounced, the patient may remain infantile in his/her communication, mobility and self help skills through life. Physical growth tends to vary with the intensity of the disorder. ...Read more

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35 weeks pregnant.U/S shows cord around baby's neck.OBGYN said baby is fine and doesn't seem too concerned.Could cord strangle the baby before birth?

35 weeks pregnant.U/S shows cord around baby's neck.OBGYN said baby is fine and doesn't seem too concerned.Could cord strangle the baby before birth?

Ultrasound: First question, why US at 35 weeks? Have there been problems with pregnancy? This is not uncommon and not real risk for child at this point. Not much room in there at this point to move around. At delivery very common to find cord around neck. Usually very easy to deal with. I would not worry. Hope this helps. Good luck with rest of pregnancy (the hard part now at this phase) and the deliver ...Read more