Starfish Therapies

November 28, 2012

Weight Shifting for Kids with Coordination Challenges

Filed under: Developmental Milestones — Starfish Therapies @ 12:00 pm
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We love using the Wii with our kids.  Its a novel way for them to work on specific skills such as weight shifting.  While using it we have noticed that several of our kids who have developmental coordination disorder or other coordination challenges have a really hard time motor planning how to weight shift.  We have used a hula hoop at their hips before to provide tactile and visual cues which has worked really well but even after trying it for a few weeks we didn’t see the carryover that we wanted to see.  So, we put our heads together and decided to try using Tog Rite (from TheraTogs).  You can also use something that is lycra or elastic (like a belt) to put around their hips.  When we did this after a few weeks we could see (check out the video) the carryover happening.   It was pretty exciting and we are hoping it continues to progress!

(Side note – since this was written, the caregiver has told us that this kiddo is spontaneously dancing at home now that they have figured out how to shift their weight through their hips)

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2 Comments »

  1. Love, love, love the Wii fit for children with coordination difficulties and all children! The motor planning that is involved in many of the Wii fit games is definitely a challenge. I have been playing around with the Xbox Kinect which makes me appreciate the Wii even more. In my opinion, the Kinect requires more motor planning and visual discrimination.

    Comment by Margaret@YTherapySource — November 29, 2012 @ 1:01 am | Reply

  2. Love it! This girl is ready for Zumba now 🙂

    Comment by Carly — November 29, 2012 @ 3:32 am | Reply


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