Inclusive Resource on Sensorimotor Child Development for Parents and Teachers

For Babies

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When babies enter the world, their arms and legs move randomly.  It takes a while for them to figure out how these little limbs work together. Helping them feel and learn to use the arms and legs in a coordinated way through simple play jump starts the process of building important pathways in the brain and facilitate automatic bilateral coordination as they grow.

  • Bringing the baby’s hands together (e.g. clapping)
  • Moving the limbs in a simple sequence helps develop awareness
  • As the baby grows, provide large toys that require two hands to hold (e.g. stuffed animal or large ball)
  • Encourage touch exploration with two hands
  • Encourage scooting and crawling

 

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