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Gross motor skills related to brain development in children


KAYSVILLE, Utah (ABC 4) – Run, Jump & Play – childhood basics may be more important than you think. Our brains and bodies need each other to thrive and for children gross motor skills ensure they are developing to the best of their ability.

Katie Degroot was worried about her son Ethan. She said, “In second grade we start to notice a listening problem.”

It wasn’t her hearing, they had tested her. Their concern was Ethan’s inability to listen. As Degroot sought help for her son, she found integrated learning strategies. The team there determined that Ethan had a hearing processing problem. After months of skills and therapy, Degroot saw progress with his son.

Degroot said: “As soon as his lower skills were helped, his higher skills and executive functions started to increase.”

For Ethan and every child: physical development is linked to the development of the brain.

Meagan Forsgren of Integrated Learning Strategies explained the link: “It’s all about the learning process! Most parents do not understand or realize the connection between the body, the brain and the way the child learns.

Occupational Therapist Terra Robinson has worked with children of all ages for years, she has seen the direct correlation firsthand.

Robinson said, “When your gross motor skills are working well, these systems work well. They process the inputs they receive from the outside world.

What can you do to ensure the development of your child? Make sure they’re playing and not just sitting in front of a screen.

Robinson said: “Focus on their game, run, jump, crash, swing.”

If you think there is a problem, parents should follow their instincts.

Robinson said: “I think parents have an instinct. They know when something is wrong. So go out there and find some help.

Below are some helpful resources:

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