Developmental Red Flags
By 12 Months
- No crawling or abnormal crawling pattern
- No supported stand
- Righting reactions not present
- Not able to sit in a child-sized chair
Thankfully, there are many ways to deal with delays in child
development and behaviors.
These include in-home services, outpatient (you take your child
to a clinic), inpatient (following injury or surgery) and school
based services. Which type of therapy should you choose?
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Special Needs children. We spend a great deal of time with
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Gross Motor Skills for Babies: 9-12 Months
Most one-year-olds can:
- Sit without support
- Pull up to a standing position without using chairs or other people,
- Walk while holding something for support (a hand or toy)
- Imitate you as you roll a ball
- Crawl on hands and knees
- Pull to stand and cruise around furniture
- Walk with 2 hands held
- Stand for a few seconds
- Move into standing by lifting one leg
Parenting Tips for Gross Motor Skills:
- When your baby is between nine and twelve months old, open a large
box at both ends and encourage him or her to crawl through the new tunnel.
- Another fun tunnel can be made by placing a sheet over a table. Turn
this into a game by calling your baby's name and rewarding him or
kisses when he or she comes out of the tunnel.
- Turn changing diapers into a mini workout. When your baby is kicking
his or her legs, start singing a song. When he or she stops kicking, you stop singing.
When he or she starts kicking, you start singing again. Your baby will be
working those legs, plus enjoying being in control of your actions.
- Containers are great toys. Now that your baby can sit, put a large
see-through container in front of him or her with plastic lids, blocks anything
that will fit in the container. Your baby will love putting things into
the bowl and dumping them out.
- Turn bath time into fun time. Measuring cups and plastic funnels are
great in the tub. Or, take a small plastic watering can and making it
'rain' during bath time.
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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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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