Why do we see so many postural problems?
(OT Mom added this pic of a child with poor posture)
I am a teacher and your articles, particularly the essential bases for fine motor development helped clarify for me just which gross motor skills support fine motor development - I have been speculating about why I see so many postural problems, tucking in of elbows, and odd compensations such as hooking one's arms over the back of a chair while sitting.
Is it just that children are not getting outdoors - or that they are raised in a series of containers? It seems so simplistic. I suspect that there is also the fact that in suburban America parents are rarely comfortable allowing their children out unsupervised, even in their back yards. So there is no free play, running around climbing a tree, or pulling your baby brother in a wagon (I've been thinking particularly about the shoulder girdle problem). Instead they are walking with mom on a
sidewalk. Perhaps they are not crawling?
What do you think?
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