Every child develops at his/her own pace. Some child begins to speak at 13-14 months, whereas some child does not speak until 2 years of age. Some child begins to walk at the age of one year, however, some child cannot walks until the age of two years. There is no certain rule on when your child should be doing certain things. When your child is not doing the things that his peers are already doing, it has nothing to do with your parenting. Yet, you should also watch the development of your toddler and preschooler and look for telltale signs of motor development issues.
In order to find out whether your toddler or preschooler is developing normally or showing signs of motor development issues, here are some of the signs you should look in your toddlers and preschoolers.
- Your kid is two years, yet has limited speech
Some kids start to communicate verbally early on where as for some verbal communication comes very late. By the time your kid is two years, he should be able to speak more than the basic communication even though the language may not be legible to you. However, if your kid does not speak more than 15 words by the time he is 2 years, it could indicate speecj development issue.
- Your kid’s has stiff limbs
Are your toddler’s limbs are abnormally stiff? In that case, this could be indicating cerebral palsy. Or perhaps, your kid finds difficult to move, this might indicate a sign of hypertonia. Look for these signs and consult a doctor immediately.
- Your kid start to regress
Generally speaking, it is ok when the kid loses the ability to do things they have already mastered. However, sometimes this might indicate motor skill regression. At times, motor skill regression is perfectly normal. For instance, you have a new baby and your two year old child asks for pacifier or diapers. They might just be copying what their siblings are doing. This becomes abnormal when your kid is losing skills that he already mastered. For example, your kid who could walk easily begins to crawl. Things can go seriously wrong; therefore, you should immediately consult a specialist. Motor skill regression could also indicate issues like epilepsy, or a brain tumor.
- Your toddler again begins to walk on his toes
Usually, when a toddler starts walking, he will be using his toes instead of using flat feet. As they gradually progress with walking, they will learn to use flat feet while walking. Even when your toddler is walking with flat feet, he might occasionally use toes instead of flat feet. He might be doing this out of habit of fun. However, if the toddler does this all the time and cannot stand upright and have difficulty in walking, this might be a serious case of motor development issue. This might indicate various complications like cerebral palsy or even autism.
- Your toddler is 18 months, yet cannot walk
Generally speaking, every child has his own development pace. However, it is very common to see a toddler walking by the time he is 18 months. If your child has difficult with walking, there could be many reasons. For instance, if you have used a walker, your child might develop walking skills late because walker hinders the development of limbs. Sometimes, walking difficult in your kid might indicate serious issues such as cerebral palsy or an intellectual disability.
- Your toddler can only use one side of his body
Some people are left-handed and some people are right-handed. It is perfectly ok if your kid uses one side of the body more than another side. This will go away by the time they are two years. However, if you still see your toddler reluctant to use another side of the body or cannot use another side of the body, you should become serious.
- Your kid cannot imitate an activity or has problem holding objects
Generally speaking, toddlers and preschoolers learn at a great speed. By the time they are 18 months they will easily imitate what they see around you. They will try to open the door, try to use a tooth brush, stack blocks etc. However, if your toddler is not copying common activities or cannot hold a spoon or tooth brush tightly, it might indicate motor development issue.