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Videotaping the child's gross-motor skills

Why is it important to videotape the gross-motor skills?

The gross-motor skills are required to move the body effectively and efficiently within the environment. A child becomes capable of these skills as the components of his/her motor fitness such as coordination, speed, agility, power of strength, and balance are developed.

The development of gross-motor skills in early childhood is a good indicator of general development, including intellectual functioning.

What to record?

The child is
1 year old
Balancing: the ability of a child to crawl, creep, seat, stand, possibly walk.
Stimulate a child to:
  • Creep on hands and knees on the floor
  • Get to feet pulling self to standing position
  • Get to sitting position
  • Crawl up and down the stairs
  • Feed self: hold own bottle or cup
The child is
2 years old

Balancing: the ability of a child to stand, seat, walk, push and pull.
Stimulate a child to:

  • Stand alone
  • Get to feet by self
  • Walk assisted or unassisted
  • Lower self to the floor
  • Bend over and pick up something from the floor
  • Give you the toy
  • Bring the toy on request
  • Push a ball
  • Crawl up and down the stairs
  • Open the door by turning doorknob
The child is
3 years old

Balancing: the ability of a child to move around with confidence.
Stimulate a child to:

  • Clime up the chair
  • Tern around and sit down
  • Balance on one foot for a short moment
  • Walk across the room and around furniture
  • Walk up and down the stairs
  • Jump in place
  • Kick a ball
The child is
4 years old

Balancing: the ability of a child to move around with confidence and energy.
Stimulate a child to:

  • Walk a straight line
  • Hop on one foot
  • Pedal a tricycle (if available)
  • Jump over an object of 5-6 inches high
The child is
5 years old

Balancing: the ability of a child to move around with confidence and energy.
Stimulate a child to:

  • Walk up and down the stairs
  • Walk backwards
  • Bend to touch toes
  • Catch a ball
  • Ride a tricycle (or even bicycle) if available
  • Jump or hop forward on both feet several times in a row
  • Balance on either foot
            
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