Here is an exciting home exercise program for children ages birth to 3 years, containing dozens of beautifully illustrated, reproducible handouts for parents, as well as for therapists and healthcare and childcare workers. Each interval of 3 or 6 months in the child’s development is divided into a fine- and gross-motor section. In each section several exercise sheets guide parents or other caregivers in ways to develop specific motor skills typical of that age level. Here is a sample section.
Three to Six Months:
Gross Motor — Prone on forearms, prone with arms extended, sitting with support, head control, supine: feet to hands, rolling prone to side-lying, rolling prone to supine, rolling supine to prone, pedaling action in supine, creeping, weight bearing n feet.
Fine Motor — Reaching upward, palmar grasp, hands to midline, ulnar palmar grasp, radial palmar grasp.
Each reproducible exercise sheet is easy to follow and includes these sections:
In addition to the 117 exercise handouts for enhancing development, the manual includes practical information on how to guide parents when doing the exercises, hints about hand-over-hand guidance, what toys encourage the desired movement, etc. The appendix has helpful reproducible handouts as well on Childproofing Your Home, Car Seat Safety, and Age Appropriate Toys.