The playground is one of the most basic, yet most wonderful, forums for young children to begin to develop gross motorskills. For most kids, the playground is a place where physical feats and skills come alive. However, the many options at the playground also provide an excellent spot for parents to see if a child is lagging in an area of his gross motor development and may need physical therapy. Read on for 5 signs this may be the case.
Signs at the Playground Your Child May Need Physical Therapy:
- He is afraid to climb certain structures, for example a rock wall or a chain ladder.
- He has difficulty keeping up with peers during running games.
- He runs into objects or people/falls down often.
- He leads with one leg only when climbing.
- He demonstrates an inability to ride a bike independently by 7 years of age.
If you feel your child presents with any of these signs, a consultation with a physical therapist may be needed. Remember, every child develops at his own pace.