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Your Child's Physical Development
July 2023 | Issue 235
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You know your child best. So, it's important to share any concerns with your pediatrician if you think your little one's development doesn't seem on track. Acting early on motor delays makes a big difference. 

Use our newly updated Motor Delay Tool to help gauge how they are moving and interacting with their environment, compared with typical milestones. The tool provides resources to help your family learn more about physical development delays and related conditions, and tips to start a conversation with your pediatrician. Also see:

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All kids between 6 to 17 years old need at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Unfortunately, children and teens with disabilities often face more obstacles to participating in sports and other activities. In this article, find tips to overcome these challenges. Don't miss the "Parent to Parent" by Karl Bayerlein, who describes the big impact that sports participation has had on his son Kyle, who has autism.

Also meet Leah Zalaya, a teen who was born with a rare neuromuscular disease and told that she'd never be able to walk. She shares how she beat the odds, learning to walk with forearm braces and also becoming a dancer, skier, cyclist, actress and model. Go to article.

 Body Language in Play 
Playing with your child is a great way to help them build communication skills. After all, back and forth communication—whether through words or body language—is the essence of shared play. And while you're playing together, leaving some some things unsaid can help them flex their emotional detective skills.
Try activities that require them to read your facial expressions, look in the direction of your gaze or follow your gestures. Charades and dance parties are classic nonverbal turn-taking games. Instead of using words, try communicating with an eyebrow raise or a head nod! Even throwing a ball back and forth involves checking in to see if the other person is ready.
Find more tips in this month's Power of Play article, Use Shared Play to Build Communication Skills. Find free printable play sheets here.
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