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What kinds of exercises can I do with my child to help him develop his motor skills faster?

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2 doctors agree

In brief: A lot

Most face to face interactions with children help them develop their motor skills.
Doing projects together with puzzles, legos, riding bikes, or tricycle, playing hide and seek..... You name it. As long as your child is actively participating, they are developing their motor skills and problem solving so get down on the floor or mat with your child and have fun.

In brief: A lot

Most face to face interactions with children help them develop their motor skills.
Doing projects together with puzzles, legos, riding bikes, or tricycle, playing hide and seek..... You name it. As long as your child is actively participating, they are developing their motor skills and problem solving so get down on the floor or mat with your child and have fun.
Dr. Bernadette Onuoha
Dr. Bernadette Onuoha
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Dr. Michael Coogan
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Play with her.

Ask your pediatrician for a copy of the developmental screening test that she uses so that you can see which skills your baby is expected to acquire in the near future.
Then, play with her in a way that will insure that she will develop those chronologically-approaching skills. Keep in mind that there is a wide age range for any skill acquisition. Then, get down on the floor!

In brief: Play with her.

Ask your pediatrician for a copy of the developmental screening test that she uses so that you can see which skills your baby is expected to acquire in the near future.
Then, play with her in a way that will insure that she will develop those chronologically-approaching skills. Keep in mind that there is a wide age range for any skill acquisition. Then, get down on the floor!
Dr. Michael Coogan
Dr. Michael Coogan
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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Play

The best answer depends on the age of the child, but it really all boils down to using the muscles you are aiming to strengthen.
For 2-4 month olds - tummy time. For 6-12 month olds floor play with assisted sitting, crawling and walking. For 12-24 months old, lots of varied play with tons of movement. Etc....

In brief: Play

The best answer depends on the age of the child, but it really all boils down to using the muscles you are aiming to strengthen.
For 2-4 month olds - tummy time. For 6-12 month olds floor play with assisted sitting, crawling and walking. For 12-24 months old, lots of varied play with tons of movement. Etc....
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Dr. Marcus Degraw
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral

In brief: Because of delays ?

Occupational therapists evaluate & treat problems with self-help, academic & social/adaptive problems related to use of arms & hands (fine motor skills).
Physical therapists evaluate & treat problems with mobility, balance, posture & coordination related to use of legs & feet (gross motor skills). His school may assess these, but usually won't provide therapy if they are isolated delays.

In brief: Because of delays ?

Occupational therapists evaluate & treat problems with self-help, academic & social/adaptive problems related to use of arms & hands (fine motor skills).
Physical therapists evaluate & treat problems with mobility, balance, posture & coordination related to use of legs & feet (gross motor skills). His school may assess these, but usually won't provide therapy if they are isolated delays.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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