Physical Therapy Can Improve Gross Motor Delays in Children
Gross motor delays occur when a child does not begin moving around (rolling over, crawling, walking, etc) within an expected timeframe per developmental milestones and standards.
These activities are considered “big movements” because they use the large muscles in the core, arms, and legs.
If your child is experiencing delays with any or all of these gross motor skills, Oceanside Therapy Group in Oceanside is here to help. Contact us today to learn more about treatment options for your child.
Types of Gross Motor Delays in Children
According to Choose PT, 14% of all toddlers and preschoolers in the United States are classified as having developmental delay of some sort. Gross motor delays fall into this category, and there are a variety of ways they can be caused.
Here is a list of some of the more common causes for gross motor delays in toddlers and children:
- Genetic disorders
- Being born prematurely
- Neurological or Neuromuscular Disorders
- Autism or other developmental disabilities
How Oceanside Therapy Group Treats Gross Motor Delays
Our therapists will put together a treatment care plan to ensure your child’s success. Pediatric physical therapy for gross motor delays often involves targeted and tailored functional therapeutic exercises. They are carried over through play and are applicable to the most meaningful and relevant environments of the child and family.
Your child’s therapist will also most likely put together an at-home exercise program so that you can continue to practice with your child away from the clinic. Your involvement can enhance progress and make your child more comfortable with their therapy.