Neurological development, which partially takes place during the crawling (on belly) and creeping (hands and knees) process, determines the ability to read and write (Gold, 2008). Carl Delacado was a lead researcher who traveled around the world and found that societies that did not have a written language of its own were the same ones who did not permit their children to crawl or creep on the floor for whatever reason, such as in locations where crawling would be dangerous to the child.
It is important that a child have a solid 6 months of crawling experience in order to connect the two hemispheres needed for reading and writing. Has your child passed the crawling stage without sufficient crawling time, that's ok, you can still incorporate crawling into playful activities, like animals in the wild. Even older children who struggle benefit greatly by going back and crawling 10 minutes a day for 30 days.
Lisa Ann de Garcia, MA, MEd.