A child that has a trajectory schema is interested in items and themselves moving in straight lines up, down or across. Trajectory is a very common schema and one that young babies will often display, explaining why they love to drop things from their highchairs.

A child with a trajectory schema may:

  • Always seem to be running around.
  • Likes throwing things.
  • Likes to play with running water.
  • Likes pushing things in a straight line.

If a child has a trajectory schema a parent/carer might like to provide:

  • Soft balls to throw and roll.
  • Blow bubbles to be caught.
  • Allow the child to play/explore on swings, slides and bikes.
  • Give opportunities to pour water.


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