loader image

Unit 1 – 3413 Wolfedale Rd
Mississauga, ON L5C 1V8


Early Signs of Motor Delays in Toddlers

Every parent eagerly anticipates their child’s first steps and celebrates milestones. However, it’s crucial to be vigilant and recognize when things might not be progressing as typically expected. At All About Kids Rehabilitation Centre, located in the heart of Mississauga, our pediatric physiotherapy professionals are dedicated to helping you understand and navigate the complexities of motor development in toddlers. This comprehensive guide will outline the early signs of motor delays and explain how early intervention can make a substantial difference.

Understanding Toddler Development:

The first few years of a child’s life are filled with rapid development and significant achievements. Motor skills, which involve both large movements (gross motor skills) and smaller actions (fine motor skills), are critical areas of development. Gross motor skills include sitting, standing, walking, and running, while fine motor skills involve more precise movements like grasping, holding, and manipulating small objects.

Signs and Symptoms of Motor Delays:

It’s important for parents to be aware of typical developmental milestones and when their child might be showing signs of a delay. Here’s what to watch for:

  • Gross Motor Delays:

    • Delayed Rolling: By around 6 months, babies typically roll over. A delay could be seen if your child does not meet this milestone.
    • Sitting and Crawling Issues: Difficulty in sitting without support by 9 months or crawling by 12 months can be indicative of motor delays.
    • Walking Late: Most children begin to walk by 18 months. Delayed walking or abnormal walking patterns can suggest a need for evaluation.
  • Fine Motor Delays:

    • Poor Hand Coordination: Difficulty in using hands to eat, pick up toys, or do other tasks by the age of one can be a sign of fine motor delay.
    • Lack of Precision Grip: If your child struggles to use thumb and forefinger to pick up small items by 18 months, this may indicate a developmental issue.
    • Reduced Interest in Interactive Play: Lack of engagement in activities that require hand manipulation like drawing, puzzles, or stacking could also signal a problem.

Potential Causes of Motor Delays:

Motor delays can stem from a variety of sources, which may be neurological, genetic, or developmental. Some common causes include:

  • Premature birth
  • Muscular dystrophies
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Developmental coordination disorder

These conditions may affect a child’s ability to achieve motor milestones at the typical age, and identifying these causes early can lead to more effective treatment.

How Pediatric Physiotherapy Can Help:

Pediatric physiotherapists specialize in working with children and their families to enhance motor development and function. At All About Kids Rehabilitation Centre, we offer:

  • Assessment and Evaluation: Comprehensive assessments to determine your child’s specific needs and to tailor interventions that focus on enhancing motor abilities.
  • Customized Intervention Plans: Our plans include exercises to improve strength, flexibility, motor coordination, and balance, ensuring they cater to each child’s specific challenges and strengths.
  • Family Learning and Home Strategies: We believe in empowering parents with the tools and knowledge to support their child’s development at home, to reinforce the techniques learned during therapy sessions.
  • Fun and Engaging Therapies: Our sessions are designed to be engaging and enjoyable for children, incorporating games and activities that stimulate motor function improvement while keeping children motivated.

Choosing the Right Support at All About Kids Rehabilitation Centre:

At our Mississauga center, we pride ourselves on providing a welcoming, nurturing environment where your child can thrive. Our team of highly skilled pediatric physiotherapists is dedicated to offering the highest standard of care, tailored to meet the unique needs of each child. Early detection and intervention are key to effectively managing motor delays in toddlers. At All About Kids Rehabilitation Centre, we are equipped to help your child achieve their developmental milestones through expert pediatric physiotherapy. Recognizing the early signs of motor delays and seeking timely assistance from qualified professionals can significantly enhance your child’s growth and development.

Contact Us Today!

Don’t hesitate to reach out if you suspect any motor delays in your child. Schedule an appointment at All About Kids Rehabilitation Centre and ensure your child receives the expert care they deserve.


You're in good hands.

Follow us on

Contact Us

P: 647-598-7462

E: info@allaboutkidsrehab.ca

Unit 1 – 3413 Wolfedale Rd

Mississauga, ON L5C 1V8

Hours of Operation

Monday – Thursday: 8am-7pm

Friday: 8am-6pm

Saturday: 8am-3:30pm

Sunday: Closed