Tara Liddle, MPT, explores the importance of physical activity in “Why Motor Skills Matter”
Tara Losquadro Liddle, MPT, the regional director of pediatric therapy at MOTION, Inc., is the author of a new book exploring the importance of touch, movement and play in the neurodevelopment and well-being of children birth through age five.
“Why Motor Skills Matter: Improve Your Child’s Physical Development to Enhance Learning and Self-Esteem” explains the impact motor skills have on the emotional, social and cognitive development of a child.
The book helps readers to:
- Integrate touch, movement and body awareness during playtime
- Ensure your child progresses through the proper developmental sequence
- Determine if your child has sensory processing difficulties or disorders
- Avoid common developmental mistakes, such as promoting early walking
“My goal with this book is to help parents, educators and other healthcare professionals understand the importance of touch, movement and play with children,” Liddle said. “Physical development is often taken for granted, but developing motor skills is fundamental to a child’s growth, helping children more easily integrate into the environment around them.”
Liddle has been a pediatric physical therapist for more than 30 years, and she is the regional director of pediatric therapy at MOTION, Inc. She received her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy and master’s degree in physical therapy management of developmental disabilities from New York University.
One of Liddle’s patients, Christopher, was diagnosed at birth with congenital muscular torticollis (CMT), a one-sided shortening of the sternocleidomastoid (SCM) muscle that runs along both sides of the neck and from the back of the ears to the collarbone. He also had plagiocephaly, or a flattening of the skull. He had a difficult time turning his head, wasn’t crawling and had overall extreme weakness on his right side.
Christopher’s mother, Jessica Colon, knew early intervention was key, and Liddle came highly recommended.
“When we first started with Tara, Christopher did not like to be touched on or near his neck at all,” Colon said. “But she worked with him consistently, and the physical therapy has made such a difference. Christopher is doing so much better, thanks to Tara. She is amazing, and we’re so grateful to have met her when we did.”
Currently, Liddle is pursuing a doctoral degree in pediatric physical therapy. She is also a frequent speaker at hospitals, schools and parent groups.
“Why Motor Skills Matter” can be purchased on Amazon here.