PT Corner: Helping Kids Learn to Balance
Editor’s Note: This article is directed towards parents. Consider sharing it with the parents and guardians of your students and clients.
[Source: The Inspired Treehouse]
Why is balance important for kids?
Balance is important for so many things kids have to do. Some of them obvious, like walking across a balance beam, and some not so obvious, like maintaining upright posture in a classroom chair, running and changing directions and even standing still.
Ultimately, children must learn to balance before they can progress to higher level gross motor skills like stair negotiation, hopping, galloping or skipping. And, because it is the foundation for gross motor development, balance is a huge predictor of athletic ability as well.
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