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Can a baby's motor skills predict future success?

By Jacqueline Howard, CNN

June 26, 2016

The timing of babies' motor milestones may be linked to their cognitive skills later in lifeBut researchers say more study is needed (CNN)

The moment when a baby crawls or walks for the first time is something most of us document in our family scrapbooks for sentimental reasons, but a new study suggests that the milestone could provide valuable foresight.Scientists have long known that certain motor milestones, such as crawling or walking, can help parents and clinicians track early childhood development. Now, it turns out that those milestones might be tied to a child's future development, according to the study, which was published in the journal Pediatrics on Monday. "Our findings are consistent with those of longitudinal studies performed a few decades ago, showing that the age a child achieved major milestones of standing or walking were predictors of later child performance in memory," said Akhgar Ghassabian, a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health and lead author of the study.

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