Balancing Act: If I Can’t Sit Up, I Can’t Play
Imagine that you are a 3-year-old, sitting at a table or on the floor at circle time, and you have trouble maintaining your balance without holding yourself up. How well would you be able to use your hands to explore and play? For children with mild to moderate motor challenges, the right adaptive chairs and equipment can make a big difference in how well they’re able to play, eat, and join in learning activities.
This article from Young Exceptional Children, Adaptive Sitting for Young Children with Mild to Moderate Motor Challenges: Basic Guidelines, describes sitting postures that are commonly seen in young children with motor delays, and shows how these postures can limit a child’s engagement. It includes photos and diagrams on correct sitting postures, and shares common positioning challenges and strategies. The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) and Sage Publications have enabled free access to this article through Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015.