This topical guide on child development was developed in partnership with the Early Intervention Training Program to be used by professionals practicing in the Early Intervention program.

Books

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99 Fine Motor Ideas for Ages 1 to 5
Nicollete Roux
N. Roux, 2014
Written by a group of mothers, this book provides a family friendly set of fine motor activities that can be performed within homes without much preparation. Simple variations and tips are also included to make the activities even more practical and accessible for children.
WE 103 .F4934m 2014  896720728

Amazing Babies Moving
Beverly Stokes
Move Alive Media, 2009
Described as, “the book every parent needs”, Certified Movement Specialist Beverly Stokes guides readers through the meaningful movements of infancy while providing photographic simulations for adults to create a better understanding of what these positions and growing milestones are.
WS 103 .S76am 2009  698370377

Encouraging Physical Activity in Infants
Steve Sanders
Gryphon House, 2015
Early motor development creates the foundation that children need to grow and flourish. Beginning with the developmental motor milestones of early infancy, this book provides an informative description of what parents and child care providers should expect from children.
 GV 443 .S194inf 2015  922970108

Videos

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Baby Tata
41 minutes, DVD
Baby Tata, c2004
Teaches parents techniques for interactive play, exercise, and massage to do with babies based on massage therapy, karaoke singalongs, games, and exercise routines.
WB 537 .B115s 2004  61660064

Yoga for Children With Developmental Challenges
71 minutes, DVD
Peaceful Pathways, c2011
Registered yoga teacher and special education teacher Mary Flynn presents a five-part educational video designed to introduce the benefits of yoga to children with developmental challenges, including autism.
WB 890 .F6791 2011  793912509

Organizations

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
Professional association for occupational therapists. Multiple resources for professionals.
301-652-6611
4720 Montgomery Ln Ste 200
Bethesda, MD 20814-3449

American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
Professional association for physical therapist. Multiple resources for professionals.
703-684-2782 or 800-999-2782
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-1488

Articles

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The Magical Effects of Music on Infants
Shake It Baby!
Reyna Lindert, May 2012.
The article focuses on tackling the effects of music on infants. It can be witnessed in form of lullabies which puts them to sleep. Tunes can be incorporated in routine playtime, lunchtime and bedtime. It can be combined with massaging or stroking to calm them. Children’s gross motor skills can be improved by dancing and playing to music. It also strengthens their fine motor skills like coordination and dexterity.

Young Exceptional Children, 10(2) p11-16.
Adapting Physical Activities to Promote Overall Health and Development: Suggestions for Interventionists and Families
Kristi Sayers Menear and Laura Davis, 2007.
In this scholarly article, the authors provide a list of activity suggestions that can be used by early educators and families to promote early learning goals for young children.

Web Resources

The web resources listed below provide quick and easy access to evidence-based online information.


Assistive Technology at Home: Easy Adaptations for Daily Living (EIC)
A parent-friendly tip sheet created by the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse. Also available in Spanish.

Encouraging Development in Everyday Spaces (EIC)
A parent-friendly tip sheet created by the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse. Also available in Spanish.

A Moving Child Is a Learning Child (EIC)
A parent-friendly tip sheet created by the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse. Also available in Spanish.

Parenting Can Be Child’s Play (EIC)
A parent-friendly tip sheet created by the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse. Also available in Spanish.

Illinois Early Learning Guidelines: Fine Motor development
Article describes the expected fine motor development for children birth to thirty-six months including indicators of success and strategies for developing skills.  Also in Spanish.

Illinois Early Learning Guidelines: Gross Motor development
Article describes the expected gross motor development for children birth to thirty-six months including indicators of success and strategies for developing skills.  Also available in Spanish.

Motor Movements