For children, play is not only a way to relax and have fun, but also to establish meaningful social connections and explore this amazing world.
However, you may sometimes notice that your child has difficulty catching the ball or fails to pass it to peers, jumps to the wrong square in a hopscotch game or is easily caught when playing tag. Maybe your child’s messy drawings make it harder for others to guess what they are drawing in Pictionary, or they feel frustrated that they are unable to build a LEGO component, causing their teammates to complain about them.
On the surface, it may seem that your child is having difficulty with play skills and needs motor development support. However, you may not realize that these challenges can also negatively impact your child’s socio-emotional development, making them feel helpless or depressed, and even leading to social withdrawal if they don’t receive timely and targeted support.
What can parents do to better understand their child’s motor skills and socio-emotional development?
One of the typical signs that may indicate a child is struggling with motor skills and social skills development is if they are not reaching the motor milestones for their age.
To better support parents and children, Jojo Liang, our Occupational Therapist, shares her Motor Development Milestone Checklist (Ages 0-6).
We need motor skills every day throughout our lives. Motor skills are broken up into two categories: gross motor skills and fine motor skills. Gross motor skills refer to movements using large muscle groups (whole arms, feet, body trunk, etc.), such as jumping, running, throwing, catching a ball and standing on one foot. Fine motor skills are movements using small muscle groups (wrists, palms, fingers, etc.), such as drawing, paper cutting, folding and building blocks.Jojo
Motor Development Milestone Checklist (Ages 0-6)
1-2 years old
2-3 years old
3-4 years old
4-5 years old
5-6 years old