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Children with delayed motor skills struggle more socially
Date:7/1/2013

sm," MacDonald said. "Being able to ride a bike means more independence and autonomy. They can ride to the corner store or ride to a friend's house. Those kind of small victories are huge."

She said the ability to run, jump, throw and catch isn't just for athletic kids physical activity is linked not only to health, but to social skills and mental well-being.

"I often show people photos of what I like to do in my spare time canoeing, hiking, snowshoeing, and then point out that these require relatively proficient motor skills," she said. "But that is not why I do those things. I'm doing it because I'm with my friends and having fun."

MacDonald said the positive news for parents and educators is that motor skills can be taught.

"We have programs and interventions that we know work, and have measurable impact on motor skill development," MacDonald said. "We need to make sure we identify the issue and get a child help as early as possible."


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Contact: Megan MacDonald
megan.macdonald@oregonstate.edu
541-737-3273
Oregon State University
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