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    Default Should I be worried

    Should I be worried that my DD who is 4 can't jump yet?

    Is it possible there's a gross motor delay or could she just be totally unco like her mum!? Haha

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    I think that's a bit delayed, try practising a bit with her otherwise no harm in seeing a paediatric physio for reassurance

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    I would have some concerns but as pp said, show her and see if she copies. It may just be a case of not realising what 'jump' actually is.

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    She does realise what it is but she can only do one leg / foot at once. We show her and she copies and says she's done it but she doesn't realise she's doing 1 leg at a time.

    Could it be a sign of something worse? If so, what's the negative of not being able to jump yet?

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    Default Should I be worried

    My daughter has low muscle tone which affects her motor skills. She was towards the later end of normal for most milestones, including jumping. Has your DD met other motor milestones within expected ranges? Can she jump on a trampoline?

    ETA As to "what are the negatives", I guess it depends on the reason that she isn't jumping yet. There may be no negatives, but there may be related things that present down the track (e.g. Having low muscle tone can impact ability to sit still for long periods at school, writing at school, etc.)
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    If get it checked out but it's probably not a big deal. Has she had a 4yo checkup yet?

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    I would be a little concerned about that and would prob make an appointment with a GP or go straight to an OT for some advice. Having said that it would just be a little concern- I wouldn't worry about it indicating anything major on its own.

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    Is it specifically isolated to jumping, or are there other things too? Some things I'd be looking for are: How early did she walk, crawl, start putting words together etc.? What's her pencil and scissor grip like? How does she interact with other children? When you say she does one leg, does that mean she can hop? (I mean a few consecutive hops on one leg?)

    Does she go to preschool? I'd ask them whether they're observing any problems. If it really is an isolated issue, I wouldn't be worried. Otherwise, as PP suggested, see an OT.

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    One of my kids couldn't jump at 4. It was a bit delayed, but the only thing that has come of it is that this child has a fear of heights. Pretty sure the delay in jumping was more fear based of being off the ground than anything else.

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    My 3.5 year old only recently figured it out...and she's not very good at it :P She still often thinks she's jumping when she's really not.
    Definitely somewhat delayed, but it really depends on the context. Any other obvious delays, or just that?

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