One of the key motor milestones that I see skipped most often is Bauer Crawling, also know as the “Army Crawl.”
So often I see, and hear, families discuss the “advanced” skills in their infant, and how they started walking by 8-9 months. Although to a parent this may seem exciting to have a child doing things early, as an OT, this bring about alarming indications for future physical, emotional and cognitive development of the child.
Bauer crawling is a developmental motor milestone that is important for a wide variety of future skills. It is a milestone that integrates the cerebellum, which is the part of our brain that helps with coordination, balance, and attention. It is a milestone that teaches our children to look outside themselves and seek others within the environment. It gives our children the ability to pursue peer relationships, explore the environment, and move forward (physically and emotionally). As a therapist, I would have to say that it is probably the most important skill a child can learn in the first year.
Skipping Bauer crawling can indicate immaturity of the central nervous system and lead to the following delays in early childhood:
Toriticollis can cause the skip of crawling
Difficulty reading (convergence/tracking issues)
Difficulty moving forward emotionally
Difficulty attaching/connecting to others (peers)
Dyslexia (reading or spelling related)
Poor sense of direction (Left/Right)
Poor academic abilities
Foot problems (very high or very flat feet)
Any of these symptoms require development of the central nervous system and can be remediated with Reflex Integration.
If you feel your child experiences any of these difficulties or has recently skipped this crawling stage, set up a FREE consultation to discuss options for improving your child’s ability to learn.