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gross motor skills


Gross mobility refers to the "big" movements we make with our body using large muscle groups such as the arms, legs and trunk. This area includes:

  • A child's ability to throw and catch a ball purposefully

  • The child's ability in hand-eye coordination in activities such as basketball, bowling, tennis

  • Balance (a child's ability to balance on one leg, walk on a balance beam, tiptoe)

  • The more general accuracy and dexterity in movement involving the coordination and execution of activities with mature motor patterns

  • Motor coordination, i.e. the coordination of both sides of the body or arms and legs in alternating actions (the child's skills in activities such as dancing, jumping rope, climbing stairs, performing sequential movements on command, cycling)

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