Why Motor Skills Matter : Improve Your Child's Physical Development to Enhance Learning and Self-Esteem

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9780071408189: Why Motor Skills Matter : Improve Your Child's Physical Development to Enhance Learning and Self-Esteem

Practical advice for parents on the interaction among their child's muscular, mental, and motor development

"Why Motor Skills Matter provides not only knowledge but a game plan as to how parents can help their little ones develop optimal potential via play, stimulation, and establishment of an appropriate environment." --Ruth A. Peters, Ph.D., bestselling author of Laying Down the Law

According to pediatric physical therapist Tara Losquadro Liddle, playful interaction beginning in infancy is crucial to a child's learning ablilities, language, speech, and overall emotional balance. Filled with practical, age-appropriate activities for newborns up to five years old, Why Motor Skills Matter shows parents how to:

  • Integrate touch, movement, and body awareness during playtime
  • Bolster motor skills
  • Develop appropriate play for each age level
  • Understand their child's development

Why Motor Skills Matter explains the impact motor skills have on the neurodevelopment of a child, helping parents participate more fully in their child's development.

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Learn to use physical activity to raise an emotionally well-balanced, more coordinated, and happier child


"Parents and educators may underestimate the value of motor development during childhood. This book does much to fill a wide gap in understanding its relevance. Supplied with the practical content of these pages, parents can assist their children to savor an important form of mastery and gratification."
--Mel Levine, author of A Mind at a Time

"Finally . . . a book for parents that demystifies motor development. Why Motor Skills Matter provides a game plan as to how parents can help their little ones develop optimal potential via play, stimulation, and establishment of an appropriate environment."
--Ruth Peters, Ph.D., bestselling author of Laying Down the Law: The 25 Laws of Parenting

Is your child a loner because he won't play with other children on the playground--or does he hang back because he lacks the strength or balance to master the monkey bars? Is your baby lazy because she won't roll over--or does she simply have weak stomach muscles? Minor developmental lags can lead to a misreading of your child's abilities as well as behavior. But not if you know what to look for and how to help your child.


According to leading pediatric physical therapist Tara Losquandro-Liddle, playful interaction beginning in infancy is crucial to a child's cognitive skills, language, speech, and overall emotional balance. Filled with practical, age-appropriate activities for children from newborns up to five-year-olds, Why Motor Skills Matter helps you to:

  • Integrate touch, movement, and body awareness during playtime
  • Ensure that your child progresses through the proper developmental sequence
  • Learn what actions to take if milestones are missed
  • Determine if your child has sensory integration difficulties or disorders
  • Avoid common developmental mistakes, such as using exersaucers, having your child wear hard-soled shoes, promoting early walking
  • Raise a secure child in every way

About the Author:

Tara Losquadro Liddle, a practicing pediatric physical therapist for almost 20 years, was the coordinator of pediatric physical therapy at Lenox Hill Hospital as well as the consulting physical therapist for its Neonatal Follow-Up Program for premature babies.

Laura Yorke is a veteran book editor and publishing executive.

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