Physical Development at an Early Age

July 12, 2017


Children learn from watching and copying. Neuroscientists assert that children learn skills through two main strategies: practice (trial and error) and observation (imitation). Learning through observation and imitation is made possible by an action observation/execution matching system, or mirror neuron system which is a neurophysiological mechanism (Blakemore, Winston & Frith, 2004; Rizzolatti & Craighero, 2004).


  • Instill proper mechanics and foundation

  • Teach the movement

  • Practice the movement

  • Emphasize key positions of the movement

  • Practice the movement again

  • Slowly increase load and or intensity

  • Neural input and development begin to increase



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