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Arkadelphia

3163 Hollywood Road
Arkadelphia, AR 71923

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Conway

2740 College Avenue
Conway, AR 72034

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6025 Sports Village Road
Frisco, TX 75033

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Little Rock

1900 Aldersgate Road 
Little Rock, AR 72205

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Maumelle

4901 Northshore Drive
North Little Rock, AR 72118 

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Russellville

301 N Sidney Ave 
Russellville, AR 72801

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Sherwood

1540 Country Club
Sherwood, AR 72120 

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Milestones

When thinking about improving gross motor skills in a three year old, incorporate strengthening and balance into your daily playtime together, make a game out of the activity! Below are some tips from a physical therapist on ways you can help your child achieve these milestones.

 

  • Alternating gait up stairs: To strengthen the legs and encourage a more mature gait pattern, consider the following activities:  
    • Practice stepping up and down a single step, start with a small step (4 inches) and work up to a standard step height (6-8 inches).  Multiple repetitions will strengthen muscles, improve balance, and prepare for the next step… Place stickers on the stairs in an alternating pattern to show your child where to place his/her foot on each step (only one sticker per step, means only one foot per step!).  
    • Fun idea: place a puzzle board at the top of the steps, your child takes one or two pieces up the stairs at a time until the puzzle is complete. This idea can be adapted to just about any multi-piece toy. 
  • Rides a tricycle
    • Look for a tricycle that has a push handle.  The push handle can be used a little or a lot, depending on how much help the child needs.  As they improve, assistance can be decreased and before you know it, they will be pedaling all on their own! 
    • When shopping for a tricycle, I recommend trying it out.  Look for one that the pedals move when the trike is pushed forward with the handle.  This type of trike allows you to push the child forward and they get the feel of pedaling. 
    • Many times, it is necessary to start trike training by just having the child keep his/her feet on the pedals while you push them forward.  Once he/she is able to keep their feet on the pedals when you are pushing, they are ready to start trying to push themselves.   
    • You can also try sitting in front of the child while they are seated on the trike and with your hands over their feet, help them pedal forward one rotation and then backward one rotation, assisting them through this forward and backward motion will assist them in initiating movement on the trike.
  • Runs easily
    • Using small orange cones (from a dollar store), set up shuttle runs.  Practice taking objects from one cone to the next, turning and running back to get another (for example, run blocks to the other end, stacking them one at a time with each trip). 
    •  Practice a zig zag pattern weaving around multiple cones (may need to play “follow the leader” to help your child understand going in and out of the cones).
  • Hopping may emerge
    • Play imitation games (similar to Simon Says or imitate animals).  This will help with body awareness and balance.  Incorporate standing on one leg (“Stand like a flamingo”), jumping on both legs (“hop like a frog”), and attempting to hop on one foot (“hop like a silly monkey”).
    • Using sidewalk chalk, draw hopscotch patterns on the driveway: Instead of the standard hopscotch, you may want to start with an easier activity such as an apart-together-apart-together pattern before trying a two feet-one foot-two feet-one foot pattern.  Also, change up the pattern and let your child help draw the pattern. 
    • Working on hopping on one foot multiple times in a row is also beneficial.
All of these milestones and more can be found on our milestones blog page. For a video showcasing the milestones at this age, visit our Milestones Videos page.