How Can A Therapeutic Preschool Program Improve Gross Motor Skills?

Throughout the stages of early childhood development, there are many important milestones for motor skills. Many daily activities require the use of fine and gross motor skills. Gross motor skills require the use of large muscle groups in the body and are used in skills such as walking, jumping, running, or crawling, while fine motor skills require the use of small muscle groups and are used in skills such as writing. If a child is experiencing delays in either their fine or gross motor skills, a therapeutic preschool that offers occupational therapy services may be an excellent fit. If the delays are significant, children may require additional occupational therapy sessions outside of a therapeutic preschool program.

A therapeutic preschool program may incorporate exercises to improve gross motor skills in their daily schedule. Here are some examples of activities:

Sala de motricidad gruesa: Algunos programas terapéuticos de preescolar crean una sala de motricidad gruesa que se centra específicamente en estas habilidades. La sala puede tener equipos que permitan a los niños saltar, trepar y jugar mientras desarrollan sus habilidades motoras gruesas. Por ejemplo, puede haber gimnasios de espuma para trepar.

Rayuela: Es una actividad sencilla a la que todos hemos jugado de pequeños, probablemente sin darnos cuenta de que puede ayudar mucho a la motricidad gruesa. Pasar unos minutos con un niño en un preescolar terapéutico jugando a la rayuela puede ayudar a mejorar la motricidad gruesa y la coordinación.

El juego de la lava: En los días lluviosos de nuestra infancia, muchos de nosotros jugábamos al "juego de la lava", en el que el suelo era lava, lo que te obligaba a saltar entre las superficies (evitando el suelo). Esto también mejora la motricidad gruesa.

Circuits: Having children do circuits of jumping jacks, mountain climbers, and other activities is a great way to help children work on gross motor skills in a therapeutic preschool program. These activities are also fun, so it does not feel like they are doing “therapy.”

If there are certain strategies that work well for a child in a therapeutic preschool program, it can be helpful for the teacher to share these strategies with the parents. This way, the child is able to practice these strategies at home with their parents.

To learn more about how therapeutic preschool programs can help your child develop gross motor skills, contact CST Academy at 773-620-7800. We provide a therapeutic environment that helps children improve their gross motor skills in areas where they may have some deficits. Our team of top-notch, knowledgeable therapists intervene to help children increase their confidence with gross motor activities, enhance their self-esteem, and help develop the strength and endurance needed to manage their everyday physical needs.