Early Childhood Intervention
This website is a place for families who are facing
challenges pertaining to their child's development and
It is a place to find answers and practical
suggestions. That's what Early Intervention Support is all
Whether a family has a child with a challenging behavior,
a disability or developmental issue, childhood is short - it
should be savored and enjoyed.
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We understand developmental milestones and the challenges
of Special Needs children. We spend a great deal of time
with families understanding the inner workings of childhood
routines and interactions. Ask us about your child today!
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Gross Motor Skills for Preschool Children:
Most five-year-olds can:
- Walk backwards toe-heal
- Jump forward 10 times without falling
- Walk up and down stairs independently, alternating feet
- Turn a somersault
Parenting Tips for Gross Motor Skills
You can help with early child development. Suggested play to help a
child between four and five develop gross motor skills:
- X marks the spot. Paint an X, or tape a piece of paper with an X on
it, to a fence. Take turns throwing tennis balls at the X. Keep trying
until you hit the X.
- Make the balloon fly. Tap a balloon so it goes up into the air. When
it comes down, your child must tap it to make it fly again. See how long
you can keep the balloon flying in the air.
- It's time for basketball. At this age, you can teach your child how
to dribble a ball. A small basket on a picnic table can be your hoop.
- Dance your heart out. Turn on some music and get out some dish
towels or scarves. Let your child swing the scarves as it moves to the
- Visit a playground. What to do first? With so many choices, your
child will swing, slide, climb, and run!
- Have fun in all seasons. In the fall, jumping in leaves is great
fun. In the winter, bundle up and make snow angels. When summer comes,
mom or dad can get out the sprinkler.
- Play animal charades. Cut out pictures of animals from a magazine
and put them in a hat. Pick one out and act out the animal. Pick a
turtle? Get on the floor and slowly crawl. Pick a bunny rabbit? Start
- Be the conductor. Play some music and have your child direct the
music. This is more fun if your child has ribbons in its hands so it can
watch the designs it makes in the sky.
Gross Motor Skills by Age Group
Gross motor development involves the larger, stronger muscle groups. In
early child development, it's the development of these muscles that enable
it to hold its head up, sit, crawl and eventually walk, run, jump and skip.
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Support contacts in your State. If you have a question or comment for
us, please visit our Contact page.
Early Intervention Helps with Developmental Delay
For children with Special Needs, intervention in early childhood
development means finding specific ways to help a child become as functional
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