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Gross motor skills are a vital stage in human development. Many basic learning difficulties can be corrected by simply sorting out these muscle and cognitive links.
By the time a child is 3½ years old, they should be able to control all their large muscles – the left brain controlling the right side of the body and vice versa. They should also be able to support the trunk of their body.
If these skills are not properly developed it can block development of fine motor skills and cognitive sensory links particularly vision. (Children need to be able to support their heads all day at school in an upright position in order to be able to use both of their eyes together properly).
This is not Brain Gym. If a child has a problem you cannot solve it in a big group; they need one on one coaching to develop their skills. A greater understanding of this area of work can be found on the following links:
- Sally Blythe, Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology
- The British Association of Sports and Exercise Medicine (BASEM)
Activities and Exercises
You can incorporate the following activities in Simon Says: