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Can A Baby's Motor Milestones Predict Future Success?

Parents are often told not to worry if their child has missed their milestones, but I am here to tell you, that statement is 100% false!

Pediatric milestones are a great indicator on how your child’s brain and body is developing. How is that not important?! How is it not important to monitor brain development when 80-90% occurs within the first 3 years of a child’s life?

Specifically, I want to focus on motor milestones and their impact on cognitive growth and development.

According to the Journal of Pediatrics, which is the Journal for the American Academy of Pediatrics, “a baby’ motor skills predict future success.”

CNN News further commented on this study and stated, “scientists have long known that certain motor milestones such as crawling or walking, can help parents and clinicians track early childhood development.”

Finally, ABC News WMUR 9 said, “the moment when a baby crawls or walks for the first time is something most of us document in our family scrapbooks for sentimental reasons, but a new study suggests that the milestone could provide valuable foresight.”

To summarize, motor milestones have a direct correlation to brain development. In other words, cognitive development is predictable based on motor milestones. This is exactly why motor milestones are crucial to monitor!

As a pediatric chiropractor that focuses on behavior and neuro-developmental disorders such as: Autism, ADHD, Aspergers, SPD, OCD, Anxiety and Motor/Vocal Tics, I can say with confidence that 90% of the parents that come into our office mention developmental delays associated with missed milestones.

Why would that be? Why would a child with neuro-developmental disorders have missed their milestones? Because these milestones are directly correlated to brain development!

And what is the underlying problem with these disorders? The brain not functioning the way it should! Put simply, these disorders exist because the brain is delayed and disconnected, all of which started back in early development, as evident of the missed milestones, and the disorders continued to progress as the child became older.

On the bright side, the brain is “neuroplastic.” That means the brain is always learning and can rewire/retrain itself to function better. And when the brain is functioning at a high level and equally side to side, these issues do not exist or at the very least, significantly improve!

This is exactly what we do in our office, retrain and strengthen the brain. There are specific adjustments and therapeutic exercises we can perform that stimulate the delayed parts of the brain. Overtime and because of neuroplasticity, these weak areas of the brain become stronger, improving the connectivity and function within the brain! This is when the “miracles” happen and we witness them every day in our office!

If you know a child who has missed their milestones and/or is suffering from a neurodevelopmental disorder, please contact our office at 630.608.2885 to set up a complimentary consultation!

Our passion is to help these kids and families OVERCOME the ODDS and thrive!


Dr. Garrett

Foundation Chiropractic
1210 Douglas Road
Oswego, IL. 60543

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