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Physical Therapy

physical thumbPhysical Therapy focuses on gross motor abilities and helps to improve range of motion and functional mobility. This includes rolling, sitting, crawling, walking, climbing stairs, running, skipping, jumping, riding tricycle, coordination, strength, balance…

The following is a developmental checklist* for gross motor skills. These are broad guidelines for child development is this area that can be helpful in understanding what to expect. Please remember, each child grows and develops at different rates.

If you have questions or concerns regarding your child’s development in any of these areas, please talk with your child’s doctor or call us at 214-227-5333.

By 1 month your child should be able to:
  • Turn head left/right
  • Lift head when held at shoulder
By 2 months your child should be able to:
  • Lift head and begins to push up while lying on tummy
  • Roll from side to back
  • Kick reciprocally (uses both legs equally)
  • Move arms symmetrically (both equally in random or smooth manner)
By 4 months your child should be able to:
  • When lying on tummy, lift head and chest up
  • Hold head steady in supported sitting
By 6 months your child should be able to:
  • Roll from tummy to back
  • Sit momentarily leaning on hands
  • Hold head in line with body on pull to sit
  • Bear weight on legs in supported stand
  • Bring feet to mouth
  • Bear weight on hands while lying on tummy
By 9 months your child should be able to:
  • Pull to stand
  • Crawl
  • Sit independently
  • Roll from back to tummy
  • Stand, holding on
By 12 months your child should be able to:
  • Creep
  • Pull to stand, walk holding on to furniture (“cruising”)
  • Stand independently
  • Try to take steps with or without support
By 15 months your child should be able to:
  • Walk without support
  • Squat to pick up object, return to standing
  • Climb
By 18 months your child should be able to:
  • Walk independently
  • Try to walk up/down stairs holding rail or hand
  • Begin to run
  • Throw ball
  • Pull toy behind while walking
By 2 years your child should be able to:
  • Climb onto and down from furniture without help
  • Kick a ball
  • Go up/down slide
  • Jump with one-two feet
  • Run
  • Walk up/down stairs holding rail or hand
By 3 years your child should be able to:
  • Stand on one foot momentarily
  • Ride a tricycle
  • Jump with 2 feet
  • Catch a large ball
  • Imitate simple body movements
  • Walk up/down steps, with one foot on each step
  • Hop on one foot
By 4 years your child should be able to:
  • Hop on either foot
  • Perform a somersault
  • Run with controlled movements
  • Gallop
By 5 years your child should be able to:
  • Skip
  • Throw ball to hit a target
  • Bounce and catches a ball
  • Ride a bicycle with training wheels

We accept Traditional Medicaid, Superior, Amerigroup, Parkland CHIP, and Parkland KIDSfirst.
Please call our office at 214-227-5333 for the current list of insurances and other payment options.

* This information is compiled from the following sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Academy of Pediatrics, Emory University

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