Children rely on developing good balance to take part in different sports and games. They also need good balance for a variety of independent daily activities such as dressing, eating, going to the toilet.
Balance skills are used for head control, walking forwards in a straight line, adjusting movements and moving against gravity.
Taking part in activities to help strengthen balance offers positives for all kids , especially those a little slower to reach their milestones, those that tire quickly or avoid physical activity.
There are lots of ways to be active, have fun and keep healthy, whilst making sure that you can help your child reach their potential, regardless of any diagnosis or needs.
You could create obstacle courses throughout your home or garden, go for a fast walk, have relay races outside, jump on a trampoline, or have a dance party in the lounge!
Developmental co-ordination disorder (DCD), also known as dyspraxia, is a condition affecting physical co-ordination. It causes a child to perform less well than expected in daily activities for their age, and appear to move clumsily.
DCD is thought to be around 3 or 4 times more common in boys than girls, and the condition sometimes runs in families.