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Salud Pública de México

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OSORIO, Erika et al. Stimulation at home and motor development among 36 month-old Mexican children. Salud pública Méx [online]. 2010, vol.52, n.1, pp. 14-22. ISSN 0036-3634.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0036-36342010000100004.

OBJECTIVE: To identify the relationship between stimulation at home and motor development among 36 month-old children. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The development of gross and fine motor skills of 169 infants (50.9% boys and 49.1% girls) was assessed at the age of 36 months with the Peabody Developmental Motor Scale. The quality of home stimulation was determined during a prior evaluation (at 30 months) by means of the HOME Scale. RESULTS: Total stimulation at home was significantly associated with better performance in the gross and fine motor areas. Particular aspects of this home stimulation were related to better gross and fine motor functions. CONCLUSION: Static balance and locomotion (gross motor skills) and grasping and visual-motor integration (fine motor skills) are associated with particular aspects of home stimulation, such as parent-child interaction, verbal reinforcement of the child's positive actions and providing the child with clear boundaries.

Keywords : children; caregivers; development; motricity; Mexico.

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