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May 17, 2022

The Importance of Gross Motor Skills & When to Seek Help, with ABC Pediatric Therapy

Little ones are always on the move, exploring the world around them- rolling, crawling and then walking all around! How do you know if your child needs some help when it comes to their gross motor skills? Find out, below. Sponsored by ABC Pediatric Therapy.

Spring has sprung and life is full of growth and change right now! Just like every flower blooms at its own rate, every child is unique and develops at their own pace, too.

If you are concerned your child is struggling to blossom, it may feel difficult to know when to seek help. Are they developing at their own pace, or do they truly need some extra help? If these questions sound familiar, ABC Pediatric Therapy has a developmental screening tool so families can help identify red flags, check it out HERE.


If a child is having a hard time meeting recommended milestones like sitting, rolling, crawling, balancing or walking, there are many tools available to help children’s gross motor skills flourish and grow. And the great news is that therapy at ABC Pediatric Therapy is fun! 

So, What are Gross Motor Skills? 

Maneuvers which require whole body movement are gross motor skills. In fact, many day-to-day activities require the use of gross motor skills. Young children utilize their gross motor skills when they are sitting upright, crawling, rolling over, standing, walking, running and jumping.

Why is Early Intervention so Important?

Many of the skills that children develop in their infancy and toddlerhood stack upon one another like building blocks-  so having a strong physical foundation is important. Difficulty with one milestone may cause a delay in other areas; for example, an infant experiencing a deficit with their balance may go on to find it difficult to put on their clothes or carry out school routines like sitting at a desk and carrying their backpack. Gross motor skills can be developed through fun and play and applied to important self-care routines and everyday tasks. Early Intervention provides families with tools to succeed, and many of the therapeutic activities look just like playing. 



What to Expect 

ABC Pediatric Therapy customizes sessions to meet every child’s individual needs. Children will love exploring the innovative playground gym and the play-based techniques will help children’s gross motor skills develop by strengthening muscles and increasing coordination. The expert staff at ABC Pediatric Therapy will also equip caregivers with a plan of care to extend learning at home. 


How to Make an Appointment 

Visit ABC Pediatric Therapy – Contact Us for more information on how to connect with ABC Pediatric Therapy. There are five convenient locations with office hours Mon – Fri 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.


April is Autism Awareness Month! 

Throughout the month, ABC Pediatric Therapy focuses on sharing stories and providing opportunities to increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism. Please follow them on social media  and visit Autism Treatment in Cincinnati and Dayton, OH | ABC Pediatric Therapy to learn more.


About the Author

Amanda Ciani

Amanda Ciani lives in Northern Kentucky with her husband and their three terrific sons. She enjoys writing haiku parenting poems for her Instagram account (@cinciciani), and Twitter account (@haikuciani).