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Doctor insights on: Preschool Gross Motor Lesson Plans

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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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Can boxing lessons help develop hand/eye coordination and fine motor skills?

Can boxing lessons help develop hand/eye coordination and fine motor skills?

Maybe..... Boxing : Can lead to a retina detachment if hit in the head repetitively. ...Read more

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How do professionals gauge a childs motor skill developmental age?

How do professionals gauge a childs motor skill developmental age?

Comparison: These judgements are based upon reseach assessing thousands of kids patterns and generating statistical analysis. Then standard milestones are represented. Your pediatrician then compares your child's progresses to these patterns. ...Read more

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How do video games affect fine motor skills?

How do video games affect fine motor skills?

Video game players: improve their visual attention & eye-hand coordination, but they use navigation strategies reliant on the brain's reward system (caudate nucleus), not its spatial memory system (hippocampus). Resultant decreases in hippocampal structure (grey matter) & function increase risk of neurological disorders like Alzheimer's. Long-term studies using functional MRI's are needed to define degree of risk. ...Read more

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Does a speech and language delay effect kids in terms of pretend play?

Does a speech and language delay effect kids in terms of pretend play?

It shouldn't impact: representational play, using one environmental object to represent another.A 12-mo.-old feeds, rocks or "reads to" a doll or stuffed animal. A 16-mo.-old sets a table with play dishes or "blows out" birthday candles on a plastic cake. Use developmental screens & M-CHAT on firstsigns.org. Share results with your pediatrician & Early Intervention Program Speech/Language therapist to get an answer. ...Read more

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Would teaching my 5 month old sign language delay his speech ability? Also any sign language tips?

Would teaching my 5 month old sign language delay his speech ability? Also any sign language tips?

No Delay: There is no evidence that teaching sign language would delay speech ability in the long run. The american sign language association has numerous helpful tips; please review them and discuss this issue with your child's pediatrician. ...Read more

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Will social skills training help someone on the autism spectrum?

Will social skills training help someone on the autism spectrum?

Evidence-based: Treatment of autism is intensive, repetitive behavioral & educational therapy at the child's developmental age. When a young child is ready, "peer therapy" is effective, adult-supervised play with a neurotypical peer in multiple settings. Group therapy at age 6 & > is repetitive, rote training in basic skills. Dan & other unproven therapies are reviewed in "pediatrics" nov 2012, on aap.Org or app. ...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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Can I teach my child social skills at 4?

Can I teach my child social skills at 4?

Yes: Children are very intelligent and can learn many things earlier than we often give them credit. Children can learn to say please and thank you. Yes ma'am no ma'am etc. They can learn to shake hands and greet others. They can learn to wait their turn, be kind etc. ...Read more

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What are some causes of teen's gross motor skill developmental delays?

What are some causes of teen's gross motor skill developmental delays?

Started when younger: Gross motor delay doesn't start as a teen. Such delays would've been noticed and diagnosed long before (hopefully). However, if there is a loss of gross motor skill then a neurologist must be consulted to look into new onset neurological/neurosurgical problems - sooner rather than later. ...Read more

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Can you tell me, are job descriptions that require team skills and good communication skills discriminating against autistic?

Can you tell me, are job descriptions that require team skills and good communication skills discriminating against autistic?

There : May be some jobs out there that are, but sometimes the autistic mind can outperform piers if they are able to get by with some basic ability and training. Keep looking, there is something out there! ...Read more

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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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Are kids within the autism spectrum be covered under social security disability?

Are kids within the autism spectrum be covered under social security disability?

Some can: It depends on the level of the child's functioning, whether there is co-existing intellectual disability and whether the family qualifies financially. You can apply for ssi and katie beckett at the same time. If you are denied ssi for financial reasons, the federally -funded katie beckett program is based on the other two factors. The level of impairment is more stringent. ...Read more

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Will signing up my child for martial arts lessons give him more discipline?

Will signing up my child for martial arts lessons give him more discipline?

Absolutely!: I'm glad you posted this question...Having studied martial arts myself and having enrolled my son in the study as well. 'studying' imparts not only self-discipline but confidence and self esteem as well; and can be great in potentially dealing with "bullies". The only warning would be the demeanor of the sensei(or teacher); your child needs to 'fit' with him/her so meet with first and decide. ...Read more

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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 acmas programs really beneficial for kids brain and learning abilities ?

Is acmas programs really beneficial for kids brain and learning abilities ?

I did a search: On yahoo and no relevant programs turned up. In general neuro cognitive training has limited short term benefits but people who are promoting this are trying to sell this to insurance agencies, the government and to general public to ask them to pay for these training programs which have questionable long term benefits. ...Read more

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How does obesity affect a child's learning abilities in school?

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How does obesity affect a child's learning abilities in school?

More fatigue: Kids who are obese often have difficulty sleeping at night- and can even develop sleep apnea- this leads to poor nighttime rest and daytime fatigue making learning very difficult. Also, poor diet can negatively affect concentration and attention spans. ...Read more