Gross Motor Skills

Did you know? According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, children and adolescents ages 6 through 17 years old should be doing 60 minutes or more of moderate – to – vigorous physical activity daily. (https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/fitness/fitness-basics/aha-recs-for-physical-activity-in-adults)

Our pediatric physical therapists work on helping your child achieve age appropriate gross motor skills to improve their independence and safety when performing physical activity in the home, community, and school.

We perform individualized interventions using a variety of different equipment to help your child stay engaged while learning to achieve gross motor skills and to strengthen their muscles.

Gross motor skills vary depending on your child’s age:

  • Infant skills may consist of rolling, sitting, crawling, standing, and walking.
  • Skills for a child who is 5 years old may consist of stairs, running, hopping, skipping, and standing on one foot.

If your child appears to be clumsy, has a difficult time sitting still, trouble keeping up with peers, poor body awareness, and/or demonstrates challenges in PE, on the playground, or in sports, they may be showing difficulties with Gross Motor Skills and benefit from receiving a physical therapy evaluation.