Developmental Domain–Guide to Gross Motor Skills

One of the greatest joys as a parent is seeing your child grow and develop. Each child develops at a different rate and the body goes through a complicated movement process. If a child is not achieving a milestone within a reasonable time frame, it is important to ask questions and seek out guidance right away, because the next set of skills is coming up fast. The longer you wait, the further behind the child will fall. The earlier an intervention is provided, the more effective it can be. Early intervention is key.

Gross Motor Skills for Young Children Include:

    • Holding up the head
    • Rolling
    • Crawling
    • Sitting
    • Standing
    • Walking
    • Jumping
    • Bouncing a ball
    • Riding a bike


  • You may have heard of torticollis or have seen babies with little helmets on their head. No worries! Just reshaping the melon!
  • Physical therapy can help resolve your baby’s torticollis and improve the shape of your baby’s head! After your baby’s evaluation, you and your physical therapist will work together to help improve your baby’s strength, posture, development and head shape. Your physical therapist will also make sure to rule out any other causes of torticollis, such as neurological, vision, or digestive issues.
  • Our Physical Therapy: We use exercise to strengthen muscles, boost coordination, and improve your child’s overall mobility. With age-appropriate equipment and play-based techniques, we inspire creativity and make movement natural and fun.Our innovative playground gym has an array of activities to further develop your child’s physical abilities. In our safe and enjoyable environment, children can feel comfortable and excited to learn.We are here to support you, and we want your child to feel capable and strong. Our pediatric physical therapists celebrate with you over each physical milestone your child makes, however small.
  • Physical Therapy services may benefit:
    • Toe Walking
    • Gross Motor Delay and Developmental Delay
    • Neurological conditions, including Cerebral Palsy, Concussion, Spina Bifida
    • Developmental Coordination Disorders
    • Drug Affected/Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
    • Torticollis and Plagiocephaly
    • Muscular Dystrophies
    • Juvenile Arthritis
    • Childhood Obesity
    • Hypotonia and Hypermobility Syndromes
    • Genetic conditions such as Down Syndrome, Rhett’s Syndrome, Fragile-X Syndrome, and others
    • Autism Spectrum Disorders
    • Orthopedic or Sports Injuries – prevention and rehabilitation
    • Lower Limb Deficiencies
  • ABC Pediatric Therapy has five convenient locations throughout Dayton and Cincinnati:

    West Chester

    7591 Tylers Place Blvd
    West Chester, OH 45069
    Phone: (513) 755-6600
    Fax: (513) 755-3762

    Red Bank Road

    4325 Red Bank Rd.
    Cincinnati, OH 45227
    Phone: (513) 271-2419
    Fax: (513) 271-2425

    Western Hills

    2039 Anderson Ferry Rd.
    Cincinnati, OH 45238
    Phone: (513) 922-5437
    Fax: (513) 922-1530


    3449 Newmark Drive 
    Miamisburg, OH 45342
    Phone: (937) 281-1286
    Fax: (937) 281-1298


    3817 Colonel Glenn Hwy
    Beavercreek, OH 45431
    Phone: (937) 427-9200
    Fax: (937) 427-920

    For more information visit our website


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