Frequently children present with delays in motor skills that are due to restrictions in joint motion. Many times these are secondary to injury or surgery, but often they are due to a lack of motor activity or asymmetry in muscle activation. Children in particular are very motivated to move and explore. When a child lacks appropriate range of motion or strength they are likely going to compensate in some way causing further dysfunctional movement patterns perpetuating the original problem. Since foundational skills build upon one another, it is important to promote appropriate and controlled movement rather than just more bad movement.
Our therapists are very skilled at identifying these restrictions or weaknesses and working with parents to develop activities that promote appropriate movement patterns to strengthen and stabilize the body. This approach helps to prevent problems from developing in the future as well as helping kids get to the next stage of movement.