Dr. Paddy Favazza is a senior research associate at the Center for Social Development and Education at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her research in special education examines curriculum development for motor and social skills. She also studies teacher preparation, inclusion, and methods and assessment in early childhood special education.
"If there's any area of development that is really universally important in demonstrating every child's capacity to learn, it is in this area of motor development. In fact, some of the work I've done in the past 10 years has been in a variety of countries and in a lot of different cultures, and what we've seen across all of them is that family members, of course, can see those early motor development indicators when a child is just an infant: rotating their head, trunk control, rolling over.
Those early benchmarks in motor behavior really do signal to those parents that their child is either typically developing and doing so in a timely fashion or maybe is not doing that motor development in a typical or timely way."
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Special playtime is a chance for you to focus on your child’s good behaviors and build a strong, nurturing relationship. It can be a fun way for you to learn how to communicate with your child.
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