For a baby who will not only be an Olympic athlete, but a role model for other young gymnasts to follow, the thought of running or jogging is a bit daunting.
But it could be the most important thing to do for your child.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) says there are currently no banned substances in babies’ diets and there is little evidence that any are linked to increased risk of autism.
And there is a growing body of evidence to suggest that the early development of the brain is key to helping babies learn to be good communicators.
For parents of babies, there is no better way to start a new baby than by going for a run.
For me, running and jogging are just the start of it.
“The early development and the development of motor skills and their capacity to move are very important in autism,” says psychologist John Catt, who specialises in learning disabilities.
“There’s a lot of evidence now that there is actually a link between motor skills, language development, and autism.”
The link Between the brain and the body The development of brain and body are connected in a very basic way.
As babies begin to walk, move, breathe, eat and learn, they develop their own sets of muscles and tendons that connect them to the rest of the body.
It is these tissues that help guide and control their muscles and joints.
“The brain and muscles are very connected,” says Catt.
“It’s like an old baby with a new pair of shoes.”
And the more complex and powerful these muscles and nerves become, the more they will need to adapt to the environment and the changes of the environment.
“There are things we can do to help a baby with autism,” Catt says.
“For example, there’s a baby study that shows that they have a smaller brain and a smaller, less flexible body when they’re exposed to stress.
So if they’re learning new things, then they may be more likely to develop the developmental issues that are associated with autism.”
Catt suggests that parents give babies some time off to play and run to prepare them for the challenge of walking and running, before introducing them to a wider range of activities, including those that involve walking, running or jumping.
He says that is a good start, but children may be better off starting off with a short break from play, running, or jumping to ensure they have sufficient time to work out how their bodies respond to the stresses of their day.
But if you are a parent, and have any doubts, try to get advice from a GP or psychologist, who can discuss the best ways to support your child with autism.
The good news is that if you have any concerns about your child’s ability to walk or run on their own, there are a number of things you can do.
“In the first few months, you need to be very cautious,” says Dr James McLean, an occupational therapist at the Centre for Child Health in Brisbane, Australia.
“But over time you can gradually get used to the way the child walks or runs and get their physical movement skills up to speed.”
He suggests that you should also take the child to a running track or run with a friend or partner who is older than you, or who is a better-known athlete.
You may want to try the running or walking activity together.
“If you find that your child has not been able to start up their own movements on their feet, they may not be as good at it,” he says.
If you find your child cannot do the running activity with you, you may want him or her to go for a walk with someone who is more experienced.
But this is a tricky balance to strike, and the best advice is always to let the child know that there are things they can do with the help of their parents.
“You need to let them know that if they do have any issues with their mobility, then it’s important that they’re encouraged to seek professional help,” says McLean.
Parents need to have more control over their child’s movement and the activities they are exposed to, to keep them from developing a pattern of repetitive movements that can lead to repetitive injuries and mental health problems.
A specialised coach, called a coach coach, can help.
The most common type of coach is a physical therapist who can provide physical therapy and a physical education curriculum, and who can also provide support for children and adults with disabilities.
This can be for young children, and adults.
Another type of specialist coach can help with things like social skills, speech, occupational and learning disabilities, and working with your child to develop a personalised approach to exercise.
The Australian Psychological Society (APS) says it recommends a combination of physical therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, and a coach for all children.
“This is a critical area in which we need to focus and we need all of our professional support,” says