As a first time parent, when my Bubba was born, I remember how my head spun with questions about whether I was doing the right thing, whether I was changing her nappies enough, feeding her enough, burping her enough and so on and so forth. Likewise, I had my concerns as to whether she was doing all the things that other little babies her age were doing. After months of reading online forums and unnecessarily stressing myself out, it quickly became apparent that every single baby is different. Though there are general developmental milestones, at the end of the day your baby is unique and will roll over, stick things in their mouth, sit up and walk…all to the beat of their own drum.
This is not to say that everything will always go smoothly or that every worry in the pit of your stomach is unfounded. Sometimes something may be up and you must trust your parental intuition to take action. Let’s talk about motor skills.
If your child was born prematurely, has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Hypotonia, Global Developmental Delay, or has acquired a brain injury, you may be concerned about the development of their motor skills. If your child hasn’t been diagnosed with any of these, however you feel that they are taking much longer than their peers to develop certain physical skills (rolling over, sitting up) or exhibiting unusual behaviour (falling frequently, walking on tip-toes, unable to pick things up) they may also be experiencing some form of motor delay.
If any of the above sounds familiar to you, help may be at hand. This July, Blue Balloon Health Services is introducing the Cuevas Medek Exercise (CME) Intensive Physiotherapy Program for children. Physiotherapist, Ron Cuevas, created the CME program in 1972 to help infants and young children maximise their independence in gross motor skills. The physiotherapy program aims to help children develop the ability to roll, sit, crawl and walk independently, using an assortment of several hundred exercises that rely on the brain’s natural potential to heal any shortfalls in motor ability.
From the 1-12 July, certified therapists from Blue Balloon will be available to run the Cuevas Medek Exercise (CME) Intensive Physiotherapy Program. If you have a concern about your baby or child that just won’t go away, get a second opinion from a paediatric therapist; this small step may play an important role in giving your child the invaluable gift of independence.1-12 July 2013 1007 Lower Delta Road, #23-03, Teresaville, Singapore 099310
Further information can be found at the following link: www.blue-balloon.com