We all know some kids who are constantly laying their head on the desk, slumping over the table, or using their "helper hand" to hold their head up all day long. These kiddos likely have trunk and/or shoulder weakness and the weak muscles make it difficult to stay upright all day without support. This can make for a long, tiring day at school! So how can you help your child improve core strength and stability? Here are a few ideas:
- Animal walking such as bear walking and crab walking
- Tug of war games
- Tummy time! Play games or puzzles while laying on the tummy. Read books, color, and write in the tummy time position on the floor or a mat. Start tummy time in infancy....OT's love this!
- Playground equipment like monkey bars and the trapeze help to build arm strength and shoulder stability
- Scooter board games while laying on the tummy
- Toss and catch games while in kneeling helps to build trunk stability
- Working on a vertical surface such as a hanging white board will build shoulder stability while using a slant board or large binder (turned sideways) for writing/coloring helps to improve wrist stability.