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Gross motor skills are
large movements such as walking, running and crawling. A child's
ability to perform motor skills depends on several things including
muscle strength, coordination and flexibility. After a brain
injury, brain signals may change. This can affect a child's ability
to use their muscles properly. There are several health
professionals who can work together to help your child use these
muscles better to regain their gross motor skills.
Gross motor skills are
large movements of the body that use large muscles to produce
coordinated movements, for example walking, running, sitting,
throwing and crawling. Children learn new gross motor skills by
practising them until the skill is mastered.
The effects may be seen in a
number of ways, including:
A child's ability to
perform motor skills depends on several things including muscle
strength, coordination and flexibility. Children who have had a
brain injury can have long term difficulties with gross motor
Your child may need to
continue practicing or re-learning gross motor skills in the years
after their brain injury. Changes to their control of muscles and
movement after a brain injury can cause changes, such as shortening, in soft tissues including muscles. These changes
may affect your child's ability to learn or perform gross
motor skills in the following ways:
Developed by The Royal Children's
Hospital Paediatric Rehabilitation Service based on information from the Brain
Injury Service at Westmead Children’s Hospital. We acknowledge the input of RCH
consumers and carers.
Reviewed September 2020.
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