PT Corner: Teaching Children to Jump
[Source: Dinosaur Physical Therapy]
Jumping is a motor milestone that requires strength, balance, coordination, body awareness and motor planning. When practicing jumping we want to be sure to expose our children to different environments around them, with feet bare the child is able to interact with the unique texture of the ground surface. Practice on soft grass, padded mats, carpet and hardwood. Each surface offers its own challenges to the child as they begin practicing jumping! Use other children as models, as peer play is essential to the acquisition of motor milestones. Children observe and learn from others.
It is important to not rush these skills along. Jumping occurs in a step wise manner, with children first experimenting with weight shifting, jumping down, jumping over, jumping
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