Motor Skill Development for Children
Why Gym 1?
Many parents worry about whether or not their children are hitting their motor skill milestones on time. These milestones give parents an insight into the rate at which their child is developing. Research has shown that there are exercises and activities that you can do to improve motor skill development, which can lead to a more active adolescence. Gym 1 makes it easy to perform a wide variety of assisted and unassisted exercises with your child.
The exercises below were developed to help children stay active and have fun, while also improving these vital skills: core strength, coordination, grip and reflex strength, upper body strength, climbing, tumbling, body awareness, and blood flow stimulation. The development of these skills can have lasting benefits for your child. Most importantly, it provides a fun and safe way to stay active.
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Improving the skills listed below can do wonders to start your child on the path to an active and healthy lifestyle.
Core Strength: All movement originates at the core. A strong core leads to better posture, balance, and decreased risk of injury. Core muscles include your abdominal, along with the muscles around your back, hips and pelvis. These muscles keep your core stable while your limbs are active.
Coordination: Improves balance, spatial awareness, and the ability to react to audio and visual stimuli.
Grip Reflex and Grip Strength: The reflex to grab something as it touches your palm is present as early as 16 weeks old. Grip strength is required for many day to day activities as your child grows older.
Upper Body Strength: Upper body strength and stability is important when doing everyday tasks; it helps your child control their arms and shoulders when doing activities such as drawing, cutting, and writing.
Blood Flow Stimulation: Studies have shown that aerobic activity increases blood flow to the brain. In children, this has lead to superior scholastic achievement, cognitive control, and memory.
Climbing: Improves balance, motor skills, physical fitness, coordination and spatial awareness.
Tumbling: Improves motor skills, body awareness and control, strength, and flexibility.
Body Awareness: Helps to understand concepts like distance, speed and placement (over, under, behind etc.)