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Doctor insights on: Large Motor Activities For Infants

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What are some activities for improving a child's gross and fine motor skills?

What are some activities for improving a child's gross and fine motor skills?

At what age? If < 3: years, seek evaluation from your state's Child Find Program if concerned; if 3-5, from your school district's Child Find Team. If school age, you may have to pay for private OT & PT evaluations. See developmental screens & age-appropriate tips on healthy children.org, www.moveforwardpt.com/Children/Activities/Default.aspx#.VP09A0ZHbCR, therapystreetforkids.com/fm-strength.html & other sites. ...Read more

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Is there a critical age where kids develop their motor skills?

Is there a critical age where kids develop their motor skills?

This is a yes & no: In normal development babies nerves mature enough for the skill to emerge, baby has the requisite nutrition and freedom to move & a skill emerges in a specified sequence.The pattern is head to toe, central to out.If motor nerves were injured, other nerves may come on line for a skill to emerge but may be delayed. Therapy can bring out some but not all skills. ...Read more

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How often is there delayed motor development in kids with pvl?

How often is there delayed motor development in kids with pvl?

PVL: Unfortunately, pretty common. That child will end up being followed closely by a neurologist and likely need physical therapy among other therapies. ...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 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

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Is palilalia more often related to tourette's or autism spectrum? My child has asd and multiple motor tics started palilalia 6+ months ago.

Is palilalia more often related to tourette's or autism spectrum?  My child has asd and multiple motor tics started palilalia 6+ months ago.

Statistics unavailab: Palilalia can occur in both. Reports would implicate tourette's as most common, but it has been reported in autism and asperger's. Formal comparative incidence studies appear to be unavailable at this time. Perhaps one of my colleagues in research will comment further. ...Read more

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Are motor tics associated with sexual abuse as a child?

Are motor tics associated with sexual abuse as a child?

No: Motor tics are, generally speaking, a biological condition, responsive to behavioral techniques, and medication. ...Read more

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Cerebral palsy or physical disability more common in firstborn child?

Cerebral palsy or physical disability more common in firstborn child?

No: Birth order is not a specific risk factor for cerebral palsy. It is however more likely to occur in children born prematurely. ...Read more

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If a child was kept immobile, as in some cases of child abuse, would they miss out on a vital stage in muscle development and have poor motor function/coordination?

If a child was kept immobile, as in some cases of child abuse, would they miss out on a vital stage in muscle development and have poor motor function/coordination?

Yes that can happen: Some of the issue would be mechanical, i.e. Muscle weakness and loss of flexibility/range of motion as the muscles were not used. This is seen in patients after surgeries, injuries, etc. When immobilized. For a child, there is also the issue of muscle and nervous system development and there would likely be some delay and decreased function. Thankfully, with therapy children usually can recover. ...Read more

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What are some activities for adults that improve social skills?

Therapy: Is a start. You could also check out dale carnegie courses or toastmasters in your area. ...Read more

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Is it normal for people with tourette's syndrome to have violent outbursts instead of vocal or small motor tics?

Is it normal for people with tourette's syndrome to have violent outbursts instead of vocal or small motor tics?

Not typical: People with tourette's can have violent outbursts that may be tics - in which we would call "vocal tics, ' if the vocalization is stylized and repetitive. But these patients may also have temperament problems that are not tic related. Best to discuss temperament and vocal tics with your doctor. ...Read more

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How can fetal alcohol syndrome present in toddlers and school age children?

How can  fetal alcohol syndrome present in toddlers and school age children?

Delays: Delays in maturity, learning, behaviors and intellectual functioning. It's important to get this clarified early so appropriate classroom and grade placement is implemented. Google fetal alcohol syndrome and read up on it. ...Read more

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14 month old doesn't point or show toys. Are these major autism red flags?No speech delay based on eval. Plays in turn taking social games, imitates.

14 month old doesn't point or show toys. Are these major autism red flags?No speech delay based on eval. Plays in turn taking social games, imitates.

Prob Ok, but watch: These do not sound like major red flags, since the language and play seem fine. There are screening tools such as MChat and CARS, that can also screen. Does he interacts well with others, make good eye contact? Eat well? Sleep well? Have normal bowel movements? ...Read more

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How does fetal alcohol syndrome appear in toddlers and school age children?

How does fetal alcohol syndrome appear in toddlers and school age children?

Many, many problems: Toddlers and school age children with fetal alcohol syndrome (fas) can expeience a number of problems including mental retardation, birth defects, abnormal facial features, growth problems, problems with the central nervous system, trouble remembering and/or learning, vision or hearing problems, and behavior problems. This condition is preventable 100% of the time. Don't drink during pregnancy! ...Read more

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Abnormal for 6.5 m.o to tuck thumbs in fists intermittently? grasps and transfers objects appropriately and otherwise has reached milestones on time

Abnormal for 6.5 m.o  to tuck thumbs in fists intermittently? grasps and transfers objects appropriately and otherwise has reached milestones on time

From birth-8 weeks, : intermittent " cortical thumbs" can be normal Fine motor skills at 6 ½ -7 mos. = "raking " a pellet into the palm with the index finger, a "scissors" grasp to pick up small objects between the thumb & index finger & self-feeding crackers. Prenatal risk factors for CP + abnormal neurological exam or parental concern warrant assessment by WI's Early Intervention Program. Call (800) 642-7837. ...Read more

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Could lifting (eg babies and young children) affect an hiatus hernia?

Hiatal hernia: Many people with reflux have a hiatal hernia. Not all people with hiatal hernias have reflux. The symptoms of hiatal hernia may be subtle, or none at all. Lifting babies and/or children can cause an increase in intrabdominal pressure. This could affect reflux and increase pressure on a hiatal hernia. But, so too would sneezing, coughing, or any straining. It is safe to do so no need to worry. ...Read more