As parents, of course we often see and monitor the growth and development of our children.
We should know at what phases children will start learning to turn over, crawl, and walk. The development of the child includes the motor development that our child has.
The development of our children is certainly not the same, maybe some of them are fast in their development, but some of them are going slowly. Regarding motor development in this child, it turns out that there is a study that shows that motor development in children will also affect their cognitive abilities.
According to the study, children with slow development of walking ability had more challenges than other children with faster walking motor development. So it can be concluded that the ability of milestone moorik in infants will affect the cognitive abilities of the child in the future.
In general, children will begin to learn to stand with assistance at the age of 8 or 9 months and begin to be able to stand up without assistance at 12 months of age. In the research conducted, from 600 samples of children studied, data was obtained if indeed the children would start learning to stand with assistance at the age of 8 or 9 months. From there, it was found another fact, namely that children who were unable to stand up even when using assistive devices at the age of 11 years, turned out to have lower adaptive cognitive scores than children who were able to stand at the same age.
However, it does not mean that those who are motorically late will experience disturbances. It’s just that those who are late in walking or standing tend to have more difficulty adapting when they will master a certain skill. This was revealed by a senior researcher from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, namely Edwina Yeung.
But Eliza Nelson, a researcher at Florida International University, says that no one size fits all the patterns of motor development in children. So he suggested to be more careful in responding and also articulating a study that was conducted.
Jana Iverson, a psychology researcher at the University of Pittsburgh, also expressed the same thing as what Eliza said. According to him, motor development in a child does not really affect one’s cognitive. According to him, sooner or later motor development in children does not make children smarter than those with faster motor development. This does not interfere as long as the rate of development is still within a fairly safe range.
However, Iversen also did not deny that in the end, a good children’s motor development rate would also affect children’s cognitive. According to him, being able to walk, or even crawl, will be able to change the way they see the world. Because children who are able to move, either walking or crawling, they can communicate with more things and can also reach new objects around them. Of course, it will be different from those who are still and cannot walk or crawl.
Therefore, for those of you parents whose children already have motor skills that run fast enough, you can use this as a step to invite them to communicate more. That way, their abilities will be well trained too.
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