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Gross motor skills allow a child to feel a sense of independence by being able to crawl walk roll or even just sit-up to things that they enjoy or want to explore further Obviously in infancy a child needs more attention and physical support then once their gross motor skills are becoming perfected but once a child gets to the point in which they can maneuver their bodies themselves allow it Fine motor skills are discovered by the infant and again provide another form of independence when they are able to grasp something they want all by themselves by using their hands arms fingers and even toes However having the knowledge of what may seem to be abnormal within these skill levels may help catch a snag before it becomes detrimental as they grow Some signs of gross and fine motor delays may display the possibility of cerebral palsy or autism as examples which is what I had experienced With my limited amount of knowledge I was able to recognize delays within my sons gross and fine motor skills early enough to get help and work him through the delays At first it was suggested that my son may be autistic however after many therapies and fine-tuning it turned out to just be delays due to his premature birth However those delays if not dealt with early enough could have left my son at a disadvantage for the rest of his life Allow your child to explore cautiously of course but allow them the independence they have worked so hard at achieving This not only promotes a healthy self image but it helps them realize they can do it without mommy or daddys hand all of the time They worked so hard at helping their coordination and physical beings develop alongside their nervous systems growth that they are in need of the daily challenges they look forward to This challenge and exploration will
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