Have you noticed that your child sits with their legs in a “W” position? Or that your toddler struggles with kicking a ball or climbing the stairs? All of these issues can be related to core weakness. When a child’s abdominal, gluteal, and/or latissimus dorsi muscles are not as strong as they should be, he or she will struggle with balance both when they are sitting or standing. Targeting these muscle groups through intentional play can help them gain strength and achieve new milestones.
What we recommend
Today’s blog talks about my favorite chunky puzzles from Melissa and Doug. I could talk for hours about all the ways that we can use these simple and inexpensive puzzles in therapy (Grab yours on Amazon for less than $10). But in the interest of keeping it simple, I thought I would list my top three physical therapy games that involve this versatile toy.
How we can help
Core strength is important from a young age so that your child can continue to build their skills and reach their goals! If you have any concerns with your child’s seated posture or you feel that they are “clumsy”, a free screening is always available to you to discuss your concerns and assess your child’s strength. We are available in the clinic and in your home. If you are looking for the best pediatric therapy near you, click here.