Down Syndrome Gross Motor Development



This section about Down Syndrome gross motor development is designed to get you started in understanding how a baby with Down Syndrome develops (keeping in mind that each baby is different) and how you can help.

Gross motor development is the development of the ability to move the large muscles in a coordinated manner. Activties such as rolling over, sitting, crawling, walking and jumping are all examples of gross motor skills.

As with "typical" children, in Down Syndrome gross motor development follows a pattern. Generally large muscles develop before smaller ones. Thus, gross motor development is the foundation for developing skills in other areas.

Development also generally moves from top to bottom. The first thing a baby usually learns is to control his head. This is one reason why it is important the baby has supervised tummy time every day. Tummy time also helps strengthen back muscles for future sitting, crawling, and walking.

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