Children's Temperament Traits Affect Their Motor Skills

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Source: Science Daily

A recent study among 3-7 years old children has shown that motor skills are benefitted if a child was older and participates in organized sports. Besides, the study also provided information about the importance of temperament for motor skills.

In essence, motor skills comprise locomotor, ball, and balance skills, all of which are present in everyday life tasks like running, climbing, throwing, and drawing. Adequate motor skills enable participation in typical games and types of playing for different ages and developmental phases, for example, in tag, running, and ball games.

Temperament and its traits refer to a child's biological and individual characteristics, such as the biological way of reacting to one's surroundings. Children who tend to have an active type of temperament, as well as children who show persistence when faced with challenges can be motivated and persistent in learning and rehearsing motor tasks. Therefore, these findings were expected and logical. A child with an active temperament can react more rapidly. Consequently, the child will get more opportunities to move along with increased repetitions. Without noticing, the child will also gain more opportunities to perform motor tasks.