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Gross Motor, Balance And Vestibular Toys and Games

Gross motor skills require whole body movements that involve the large (core) muscles of the body to perform everyday functions such as: standing, walking, running, jumping, and sitting upright at the table. They also includes eye-hand coordination skills such as throwing, catching and kicking, as well as riding a bike or a scooter and swimming.

Gross motor abilities also have an influence on other everyday functions such as a child’s ability to maintain appropriate table top posture to be able to complete drawing, writing and cutting skills.  It also allows the child to properly and comfortably sit upright and attend to class. If Gross motor skills need to be worked on, academic learning can also be greatly impacted.  

Balance and vestibular systems are required to be successful during gross motor activities.


The vestibular system is responsible for maintaining balance, posture and the body's orientation in space. It creates a sense of balance and movement. If it is off, behavior issues are common. 

If you sense your child could use help with gross motor, balance or vestibular input, contact Tara for an evaluation and actives you can do at home, in the community and at school to help your child feel calm, capable and in control. 

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