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Motor Movements Milestones (One to Three Months)

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HandsGross (Large muscle groups) and Fine (Small Muscle Groups) Motor Movements- Muscles develop from head to toe and from the center of the body outward.                                                      

  • Makes jerky arm movements
  • Brings hands together
  • Keeps hands in tight fists
  • Reflexes present (startle, rooting, grasping, babinski, and sucking reflexes)
  • Neck muscles are not developed therefore head flops backward if unsupported
  • May begin to move head from side to side while lying on stomach as neck muscles get stronger
  • May begin to lift head
  • Raises head and chest when lying on stomach
  • Supports upper body with arms
  • Stretches legs out and kicks
  • Opens and shuts hands
  • Pushes down on legs when feet are placed on a firm surface
  • Brings hands to mouth
  • Takes swipes at dangling objects with hands
  • Grasps and shakes hand toys
  • Holds head steady
  • May begin to roll over in one direction

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