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

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McGraw Hill Professional, 2004 - Family & Relationships - 206 pages
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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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A pediatric physical therapist, Losquadro-Liddle has been coaching children with low muscle tone for 20 years. Here, she aims to educate parents on the importance of early diagnosis of developmental ... Read full review

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I really liked the suggestions this book gave. There are reasons behind why motor skills matter as well as things to work on with your child from birth through the toddler years. Things like helping your baby roll over on both sides, coordination tasks and constructive toys, were all explained. I'm not really sure why other reviewers gave this book such a low mark, I thought it was very helpful and user friendly.  


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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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