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Chapter 5 - Chapter 5: Early Motor Development Fundamental...

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Chapter 5: Early Motor Development Fundamental Individual Constraints People thought that the CNS was the only factor that drives an infant’s motor behaviour (i.e. A child can start growing only if the CNS was matured) However, it is the interplay of many systems including cognitive, perceptual, and motor that leads to an infant’s motor behaviour. Newborn movements o Random and spontaneous movements Infants’ movements that occur without any apparent stimulation These movements are in fact, related to future movements Supine kicking and walking: (laid on back) resembles adult walking. Muscles tend to move in unison, not alternating like in adults Spontaneous arm movements: also move in unison. Takes a while for infant to move fingers separately from joint. Influenced by environment. Coordination apparent between elbow, wrist, and fingers Spontaneous movements are fundamental building blocks of voluntary, functional movement o Infantile Reflexes Involuntary, stereotypical movement
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This note was uploaded on 08/02/2008 for the course EDKP 261 taught by Professor Staples during the Fall '07 term at McGill.

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