Crawling, Sensory Integration, and Child Development
Most parents are thrilled whenever a child walks in advance and skips the crawling period. Some people perceives early walking as a “breakthrough”, a good measure of independence and / or speed. Although walking is a key stage in child development, encouraging an infant to crawl is very ideal. When an infant begins to move forward using both hands and knees OR learns to slither and drag the body closer to the ground, it permits weight shifting, activation of sensory receptors, and motor skill development. A smooth, well-coordinated movement and good balance are promoted as well. Crawling, being one of the main gaits in locomotion, certainly offers great advantages in performing particular actions and activities of daily living, and adapting to different environment.
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(Credits to www.sensoryproject.org)