From time to time readers contact me with questions regarding parenting issues. I love receiving those inquiries and I always try to answer them to the best of my ability, based on my own experience as a mother of four. However, some questions are so unique or complex that I have to seek the advice of a professional, which I am always happy to do.
Recently a mom wrote me about an issue she’s having at her son’s preschool and she didn’t know if the teachers were warranted in their concern. I have a little experience in this particular matter, but I felt that consulting a group of professionals would give her the in-depth answer she deserved. Her son’s preschool teacher recently brought it to her attention that her son (4 years old) “W-sits” when they have circle time on the carpet. Her questions to me were along the lines of “why is that a concern, what can I do, and who can help me?”Why is W-Sitting such a big deal? The experts answer. Help your child develop healthy habits early! #W-Sitting Click To Tweet
I contacted Lauren and Claire from “The Inspired Treehouse“. They are Pediatric Physical and Occupational Therapists – and moms, so their professional and personal experience make them the perfect dynamic duo to address this issue. I have followed their blog for a while and I often share their content because their articles break down the clinical terms of childhood development and make them relatable for parents.
Like the mom who wrote me, I have also noticed that one of our boys W-sits much more than the others. So what IS W-sitting and why is it a big deal?
Lauren & Claire were thrilled to help us understand why W-sitting needs to be addressed and how.
WHAT is W-sitting:
W-sitting looks like this: a child sits on the floor, his bottom is between their legs, and his knees are bent with legs rotated away from the body – if you stand above him and look down, it looks like his legs are forming a “W”. All children have the potential to begin the W-sitting habit. In this position, a child’s base of support is wider and his center of gravity is lower, allowing for increased stability through the hips and trunk. It’s a convenient position for play because they do not have to work on keeping their balance while also concentrating on toys.
WHY does it need to be addressed – and HOW?:
Thank you Lauren and Claire.
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