October 17, 2019 0

Handwriting advice: correct seating position and posture

Handwriting advice: correct seating position and posture


So what we’ve got here is a ten year old who’s
on an adult chair, but as you can see her spine is very rounded because she’s struggling
to maintain postural stability and also her feet are dangling because her legs are not
long enough to reach the floor, so she’s going to work really hard to maintain postural stability,
and work lots of excess muscles. And what happens is, when children are on chairs that
are not the right height, they quite often wrap their feet around the legs of the chair
to try and increase stability around the hips and the knees and also giving themselves some
more sensory feedback. So as you can see there’s a lot of extra effort required to maintain
upright stability. Ok, so what we’ve got here is a ten year old
who’s sitting on an adult chair. Without the support under her feet, her feet would be
dangling, which would not be great because then she would be having to work very hard
on maintaining postural stability. So putting a box under her feet, and as you
can see she’s got her feet flat, her ankles, knees and her hips all at 90 degrees, which
means she’s going to optimise her postural stability for fine motor tasks such as handwriting
or eating, for that matter. So that we’ve got a lovely extended back and just really
good core stability.

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