My success rate teaching kids to walk significantly improved when I changed my goal setting method. Instead of step by step goals, I now have one goal: walking. This allows me to focus mostly on activating and strengthening muscles and muscle groups that keep the body upright and move the body forward in a standing position. The beauty of this approach is that the children learn to sit, crawl on their own or with relatively small intervention.
Head control is essential because all of the following motor milestones depend on it. Your baby can not roll, sit, crawl or stand without head control. Babies who have difficulties with head control will either need professional help, or they will learn to hold their head with compensation. This compensation could affect the whole body, the developing movements, and skills.
MILESTONES OF HEAD CONTROL: STAGE ONE
DAY ONE TILL THREE MONTHS OF AGE
YOUR FULL-TERM NEWBORN BABy
Your full-term newborn baby’s whole body is in a “flexion pattern” which means that the head, shoulders, arms, back; legs are all in the bent/forward position. When you place your baby on her belly, she will not be able to straighten her arms, legs or back. This makes it a bit challenging to lift her head up. Learning of motor skills and being out of the womb will help your baby’s flexion pattern disappear by the age of ~two months.
Full-term newborns have a reflex that helps when learning head control. If you place your full-term baby on her belly, – face forward onto the mattress – your baby will turn her head to one side to assist herself breathing easier. This reflex will help your baby learn to lift her head up.
What is personality? “It is a set of individual differences that are affected by the development of an individual: values, attitudes, personal memories, social relationships, habits, and skills.” This also including gross motor skills.
I wonder, how much each skill affects our children’s personality?
My kids could not avoid their physical therapist mama teaching them rolling, sitting, crawling. They could have learned on their own but I wanted to give them a head start in locomotion. The results were very different. They both taught me many valuable if very different lessons.
My daughter, a very strong girl, (my perpetual mover) thrived so well with the extra training, her gross motor skills developed so fast, that she crawled at 5 and ½ months. However, my laid back, low muscle tone son would not even sit independently by 7 and ½ months but decided to show off a skill set of sitting, crawling and pull to stand all in one day. Clearly their genetically given muscular tone, balancing skills affected how and when they learned to sit and crawl.
Up to this day, my children’s gross motor skills are vastly different. They also have very different personalities, different interests in sports and almost every area.