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The Most Common Deviations in the Development of Hand Motoricity in Children from Birth to One Year of Age

Sestre Milosrdnice University hospital and Institute of Clinical Medical Research; [email protected]
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  • Dijete
  • Razvojni Poremećaji
  • Pokretljivost – Fiziologija
  • Motorička Aktivnost
  • Šaka
  • Child
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Movement - Physiology
  • Motor Activity
  • Hand
  • Communication


The early child development, from birth until the age of one year is, amongst other changes, characterized by intense motor learning. During that period, the voluntary learning patterns evolve from reflexive patterns to coordinated voluntary patterns. All of the child’s voluntary movements present active forms in which the child communicates with the environment. In this communication, the hand plays an important role. Its brain representation covers one-third of the entire motor region, situated in the close proximity to the speech region. For this reason, some authors refer to hand as a “speech organ”. According to numerous studies, each separate finger also has a relatively large representation in the cerebral cortex, which points to the importance of the fine motor skills development, or precise, highly differentiated movements of hand muscles following the principles of differentiation and hierarchical integration. Development of the fine motor skills in the hand is important for the overall child development, and it also serves as a predictor pointing to immaturity of the central nervous system. The aim of this paper is to present the development of hand motoricity from birth until the age of one year, as well as the most frequent deviations observed in children hospitalized at Children’s Department of Rehabilitation, Clinical Department of Rheumatology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Sestre milosrdnice University Hospital Center.

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