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If your child didn't crawl at all or didn't crawl properly:
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amother




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Post Wed, Nov 16 2022, 8:14 pm
I'm a reading specialist and as I ask parents about child development during my evaluations, I'm noticing that many children who are struggling with reading didn't crawl properly (right hand, left foot coordination) as a baby.
Wondering if anyone else noticed this...

(Obviously, I'm not saying that all reading disabilities come from not crawling... I'm experienced with many reading disabilities. I'm wondering about the correlation between non-crawlers and non-readers)
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nightingale1




 
 
 
 

Post Wed, Nov 16 2022, 8:16 pm
Can you pm me? I have some interesting information on this topic but I think it might ID me
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amother




Kiwi
 

Post Wed, Nov 16 2022, 8:17 pm
Yes, this is something the principal at the public school I worked at used to talk about a lot. I don't remember everything but a lot had to do with babies who didn't get enough tummy/floor time (due to sitting in infant seats regularly for long amounts of time) which then led to them being late crawlers. Many of them also later had delays in learning to read. There are lots of brain studies on this apparently--she used to quote them. Somehow, that floor time and being mobile at a younger age helps develop certain parts of the brain that later aid in language and reading acquisition.
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amother




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Post Wed, Nov 16 2022, 8:17 pm
nightingale1 wrote:
Can you pm me? I have some interesting information on this topic but I think it might ID me


pm'd you
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amother




Crimson
 

Post Wed, Nov 16 2022, 8:18 pm
I don’t think it affects it but I think it’s common that kids are delayed in multiple areas.
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amother




Obsidian
 

Post Wed, Nov 16 2022, 8:18 pm
Is this surprising to you? I thought there’s research about using both sides of the body together and both sides of the brain.
I think this why OTs and PTs are into proper crawling and don’t poo poo skipping it?
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amother




OP
 

Post Wed, Nov 16 2022, 8:18 pm
amother Kiwi wrote:
Yes, this is something the principal at the public school I worked at used to talk about a lot. I don't remember everything but a lot had to do with babies who didn't get enough tummy/floor time (due to sitting in infant seats regularly for long amounts of time) which then led to them being late crawlers. Many of them also later had delays in learning to read. There are lots of brain studies on this apparently--she used to quote them. Somehow, that floor time and being mobile at a younger age helps develop certain parts of the brain that later aid in language and reading acquisition.


Thanks for your response. Makes sense. I can also understand how lack of proper right left body coordination can affect proper right and left brain coordination later on which is vital for reading.
I'm wondering if more people noticed this irl
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amother




Slategray
 

Post Wed, Nov 16 2022, 8:18 pm
amother OP wrote:
I'm a reading specialist and as I ask parents about child development during my evaluations, I'm noticing that many children who are struggling with reading didn't crawl properly (right hand, left foot coordination) as a baby.
Wondering if anyone else noticed this...

(Obviously, I'm not saying that all reading disabilities come from not crawling... I'm experienced with many reading disabilities. I'm wondering about the correlation between non-crawlers and non-readers)

Ds didn’t crawl at all. My sil who’s a therapist drove me crazy about it. He’s 14 now and never had any reading issues. He’s the brightest in his class and a huge book warm
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amother




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Post Wed, Nov 16 2022, 8:20 pm
amother Obsidian wrote:
Is this surprising to you? I thought there’s research about using both sides of the body together and both sides of the brain.
I think this why OTs and PTs are into proper crawling and don’t poo poo skipping it?


Not surprising. I started asking about it during my evals b/c I'm aware of the research out there. I strongly believe in research, yet, I'm curious to hear about irl people from their personal experiences. (a different perspective)
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amother




Azalea
 

Post Wed, Nov 16 2022, 8:23 pm
My oldest son didn’t crawl and I was warned that he’d have issues with gross motor skills, handwriting, etc.
BH he’s 11 now and doesn’t have any reading or writing issues. He also taught himself to ride a 2 wheeler at age 5 so I guess gross motor is fine too. He’s actually super handy.
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amother




Honeydew
 

Post Wed, Nov 16 2022, 8:25 pm
My daughter who started crawling at 15 months and didn't walk until 19 months - was reading full chapter books - Laura Ingalls Wilder etc. when she was six. So....
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amother




Springgreen
 

Post Wed, Nov 16 2022, 8:29 pm
amother Honeydew wrote:
My daughter who started crawling at 15 months and didn't walk until 19 months - was reading full chapter books - Laura Ingalls Wilder etc. when she was six. So....


WHEN they started to crawl isn't the question!!
Many children skip the crawling the stage, and research absolutely shows that crawling makes important brain connections that children can be missing later on.

So there's no so.... anything
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amother




Floralwhite
 

Post Wed, Nov 16 2022, 8:30 pm
I’m an OT. According to proponents of reflex integration theories, crawling helps integrate the ATNR reflex. If this reflex persists then it can interfere with vision and coordination which can in turn affect reading and writing.
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amother




OP
 

Post Wed, Nov 16 2022, 8:33 pm
amother Honeydew wrote:
My daughter who started crawling at 15 months and didn't walk until 19 months - was reading full chapter books - Laura Ingalls Wilder etc. when she was six. So....


but she crawled for 4 months. so....
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amother




Teal
 

Post Wed, Nov 16 2022, 8:36 pm
This is fascinating to me!!!
DD never really crawled, she scooted around on her bottom. But she was walking by 10 months

She is now 11, and has major reading difficulties - she is in OT and vision therapy for issues stemming from left and right coordination
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amother




OP
 

Post Wed, Nov 16 2022, 8:46 pm
amother Teal wrote:
This is fascinating to me!!!
DD never really crawled, she scooted around on her bottom. But she was walking by 10 months

She is now 11, and has major reading difficulties - she is in OT and vision therapy for issues stemming from left and right coordination


Thanks for your response. I hope she learns how to read soon
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amother




Honeydew
 

Post Wed, Nov 16 2022, 8:48 pm
amother OP wrote:
but she crawled for 4 months. so....


She never crawled normally. Physically she was so behind!
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amother




OP
 

Post Wed, Nov 16 2022, 8:52 pm
amother Honeydew wrote:
She never crawled normally. Physically she was so behind!


got it. ok
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amother




DarkPurple
 

Post Wed, Nov 16 2022, 9:02 pm
amother Teal wrote:
This is fascinating to me!!!
DD never really crawled, she scooted around on her bottom. But she was walking by 10 months

She is now 11, and has major reading difficulties - she is in OT and vision therapy for issues stemming from left and right coordination


If you'd post an anon email I know someone who can help. She has done WONDERS for my daughter.

Op I remember learning about this in 12th grade about 15 years ago....
All my kids crawled. One has issues with coordination and balance and other issues due to another neuro problem. Reflex integration exercises have done wonders for her.
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amother




Teal
 

Post Wed, Nov 16 2022, 9:10 pm
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If you'd post an anon email I know someone who can help. She has done WONDERS for my daughter.

Bh she was evaluated by an amazing neuro-opthalmologist and she is working with a wonderful therapist. We are already seeing slow but steady progress
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