Household items and toys key to infant motor development

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Sometimes the research just proves what ya know. Ya know? Researchers at the University of Texas-Arlington share with us that household toys and furniture can be keys to a child’s motor skill development.

For example, the space between a sofa and a coffee table may be the space that the child first wants to cross. A toy may be one that a child wants to walk toward to enjoy.

Baby Builders was created with such a mindset. Baby Builders teaches parents how to use basic furniture and simple toys at home to help build motor skill development.

Baby Builder founder, Jenna Zervas, MSPT, shares, “You don’t need a lot of specialized tools to help your child develop. Our program helps families use toys and existing furniture they have to build a great foundation through motor skill strength.”


M. Cacola, C. Gabbard, M. I. L. Montebelo, D. C. C. Santos. Further Development and Validation of the Affordances in the Home Environment 
for Motor Development-Infant Scale (AHEMD-IS). Physical Therapy, 2014; 95 (6): 901 DOI: 10.2522/%u200Bptj.20140011

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