Why is moving well important from a young age?
As a parent, If you notice problems or movements that “don’t look right”, trust your gut and get them assessed as generally these issues/delays do not disappear by themselves. You should not wait until the child begins walking, jumping, running to take care of the problem. They will likely not “grow out” of the problem; rather, the problem will “grow in”.
Markers and signs to look out for:
- Limping, unnatural gait
- Constant complaints of pain during or after activities
- Delays in comparison to peers
- Comments from child care workers or teachers
- Avoiding/making excuses to not participate in exercise/sport
- Poor balance
- Coordination problems
- Struggling to follow instruction
Download our Movement Assessment Checklist
If you have concerns about the way your child moves or feel like they are not keeping up with their peers, our free Movement Assessment checklist can be done from the comfort of your own home:
Get our Movement Assessment Checklist
How to use the checklist
The checklist contains 5 gross motor movements. Assess whether your child can perform each movement and simply write ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ in the middle columns. While this is just a guide, if the movements don’t look right, or if your cild has pain, or cannot perform the movement, please feel free to get in touch with one of our therapists to discuss your child’s results further, and do a more comprehensive initial assessment.