Why do you need to worry about balance?
Children who struggle with balance will often avoid the very activities they need to improve their balance. You may describe your child as clumsy and notice that they fall and trip over a lot or they may avoid the very activities that would challenge their balance.
Children with poor balance will struggle with their gross motor skills and in turn their fine motor skills.
How can you improve your child’s balance?
Children need their balance challenged to improve their balance. This will increase their confidence and lead to less trips and falls.
Generally by the age of 3-4 years a child should be able to:
- Stand on one foot for 5 seconds without losing balance
- Stand heel to toe on a line without losing balance
- Walk backwards without losing balance
- Bend Forward to touch their feet without losing balance
Some simple activities you can do at home to challenge and improve your child’s balance are:
- Have you child stand on one foot while they brush their teeth
- Have backwards time where they need to move around the house only walking backwards
- Put a tape line on the floor from their bedroom for a short distance and have them walk heel to toe along the line each morning or each time they got to or from their room.
- Spend more time barefoot and practice walking over uneven surfaces like cushions
The more opportunities given to practice balance the better their balance will be!
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Keep following this week as we discuss the 3 systems in your body that influence your balance.