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    By age 5, what skills should a child be able to do?

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    This is a question many parents ask. Often they are worried their children are delayed when the reality is children develop at different stages and ages so it is very difficult to say what they should or shouldn't be doing. Parents tend to worry about things like, ‘can he kick a ball as well as the other kids’, or ‘his hand writing is not as good as the other kids’ whereas professionals tend to look at broader ranges of gross and fine motor skills. If your child is in daycare or at school you could have a chat with her/his teacher and ask them how he/she is going relative to the other children and if they have any concerns. If they do then a good person to see would be an Occupational Therapist who specialises in working with children. OT's are really good with ‘clumsy’ children and those with really poor handwriting too. Even though these kids may not have ‘problems’ as such, it can knock their confidence and OT's can help them become less clumsy and more confident. 

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