OT Corner: Incorporating Balance into Your Child’s Before-School Routine
[Source: North Shore Pediatric Therapy]
Balance, like many things, will only get better with practice and through challenging the balance systems. However, it can be hard to find time after school to work on balance activities when kids already have mountains of homework to keep up with. It can also be difficult to make balance exercises fun and enjoyable for kids.
In order to work on balance skills while saving time and keeping it interesting, here is a list of 5 balance activities that can easily be incorporated into your child’s before-school routine:
- Put pants, shoes, and socks on while standing up-This will require your child to stand on one leg while using her arms to don the clothing.
- Sit in ‘tall kneeling’ (sitting on knees with hips straight and knees kept at a 90 degree angle) while packing up the backpack-Sitting in the tall kneeling position narrows your child’s base of support, making it harder for
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