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Occupational Therapy -> Gross Motor Skills
Gross motor skills require the control and coordination of large muscles in the body often including the arms and/or legs. Occupational therapists address gross motor skills as they relate to important daily routines and activities for example: a child participating in recess or physical education, an adult transferring into and out of the shower, a child sitting on the floor for learning. Occupational therapists may collaborate with physical therapists when implementing interventions and strategies to improve gross motor skills.
Minor focus areas
The Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency Second Edition (BOT™-2) delivers the most precise and comprehensive measure of motor skills, both gross and fine.
An evaluation of functional motor skills in activities of daily living.
Peabody Developmental Motor Scales - Second Edition (PDMS-2) combines in-depth assessment with training or remediation of gross and fine motor skills of children from birth through 5 years.
- Quick Brain Break!
- Move as the Rainbow Scavenger Hunt
- Two-step directions involving body movements
- 3 exercises with repetitions, to work on upper extremity (arms) strength - easy to understand for 9 years old
- How do I walk like I am on a tightrope?
- Movement Break!
- What dance moves should I do at a dance party with a partner?
- How do I fly like an airplane?
- What dance moves should I do at a party by myself?
- Afternoon and Evening Routine Word List
- Crossing Midline
- 3 exercises, with repetition, to work on upper extremity strength - easy to understand for 6 years old.
- Brain Breaks
- Neurological Conditions - Types of neurological conditions may include: Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementias, Brain Cancer, Epilepsy and Other Seizure Disorders, Mental Disorders, Parkinson’s and Other Movement Disorders, and Stroke and Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA).
Author: Kid Sense - Occupational Therapy helps children with gross motor skills by developing: muscle strength, endurance, balance, coordination & postural control.