Therapy Thursday: Wheelbarrow Walk

As I’ve said before, one of Trevor’s biggest obstacles in gaining new gross motor skills is his lack of core strength.  His poor trunk control even affects gaining new fine motor skills, because when he’s sitting his body is working so hard just to sit that he has a hard time being precise with his hands.  One of the exercises we are doing to help strengthen his trunk is the Wheelbarrow Walk.  The Wheelbarrow Walk is also helpful for kids with sensory issues, as it helps stimulate the vestibular and proprioceptive senses.  I hold Trevor at his hips to do this, as his trunk control is so poor.  But as he gets stronger (or if your child has better core strength than mine), you can support him  further down the legs – at the thighs, knees, shins, ankles, and eventually feet, as control improves.

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