Movement patterns are acquired in different stages, e.g. the pattern for a child learning to roll is learned early and modified over time as are the skills such as reaching for toys. Examples of movement patterns and stages include (but are not limited to):
- Infants: Tummy time, nappy change, carrying, rolling, seated, four point/crawling, walking, and
- Children: Walk, run, jump, hop, climb, a child’s movement may be impacted by orthotics or splints (if required), or coordination related activities.
- Older children; learnt patterns of coordination and movement for team and individual sports, multitasking and growth changes.
Physiotherapists are well skilled at understanding movement patterns. Physiotherapists working with children can work with you and your family in understanding the movement patterns that your child is currently practicing and how to build on these patterns to ensure both yours and your child’s enjoyment of learning to move. We can advise you on appropriate shoe wear and fit orthotics to support body position and walking patterns. Contact our skilled team if you have concerns about your child’s movement or walking.