School Aged Developmental Milestones
Gross Motor Skills (running, jumping, climbing, sports)
Gross Motor development involves the larger, stronger muscle groups. School aged children are developing increasing coordination and motor ab ility.
Between 5-7 years, your child will:
- Enjoy participating in team games
- Develop ball skills with smaller ball
- Enhance game skills like hopscotch and jump rope
- Ride a two wheeler bike
- Run up and down the stairs
Children in middle childhood will be able to swim, roller skate, ice skate, jump rope, scale fences, use a saw, hammer and garden tools and play a variety of sports. Kick ball, team relay races and dodge ball are great activities.
Children in adolescence will develop increased coordination and motor ability together with greater physical strength and prolonged endurance. They are able to develop better distance judgment and hand-eye coordination. They are able to master the skills necessary for adult sports, with practice.
Red flags for Gross Motor Development (6-19)
If you notice the following you may want to talk to you physician or health professional or make a referral yourself:
- Your child is not doing what he/she should do for his age
- Child walks funny
- Child walks on his toes all the time
- There seems to be something wrong with the child’s legs or feet
- Child complains of persistant pain or fatigue
- Gross Motor skills are regressing
- Child is excessively clumsy