A young child's physical growth begins as new muscles gain strength and children gradually develop coordination. A child must be able to balance the muscles so the joints can bend and straighten, move side to side and rotate.

A young baby can just lift their head.

As muscles in the lower back gain control, the child is able to rise on the elbows.

Gross motor development refers to how a child manages his body and what he can do with large muscles.

The workshop contains a table of the sequence of development.

A 2 hour Certificate of Completion is issued for this workshop.

Exerpt from the Course.


A young child's physical growth begins as muscles gain strength with use, and children gradually develop coordination. The development of muscular control is the first step.

When we observe a young child from infancy onwards we look for the basic requirements for normal development.


Voluntary or Skeletal Muscles.

Cardiac Muscle (Striated, Involuntary) they make up the walls of the heart.

Smooth Muscle (Unstriated involuntary) This is contained in structures that we do not have control over such as blood vessels, stomach and intestine, urethra, uterus, internal muscles of the eye.

Skeletal Muscle (Striated, voluntary) this is the muscle attached to our skeletons and allows us to move our bodies.

Voluntary muscles are built onto the skeletal framework and help to keep the body upright.

There are more than 650 muscles