Research Digest: Introducing 'reaching training' for babies

Babies' first motor skills – how early they learn to reach for things and explore them – are related to their later abilities, both motor skills (such as crawling and walking) and skills in other domains, such as their vocabulary.

This raises the possibility that those early motor abilities facilitate subsequent developments, triggering what psychologists call a 'developmental cascade'.

A new study discussed on our Research Digest blog has tested this cascade theory with a training intervention.