Crawling - A Favorite Heavy-Work Activity
Educators often hear from therapists, "When in doubt, crawl, crawl, crawl!" It seems from the onset, crawling is an amazing develop-mental activity that translates into all kinds of academic success.
The act of crawling:
- Calms by activating heavy work receptors in the muscles and joints
- Continues to calm by building muscles that help breathing
- Helps children sit in chairs by building back and stomach muscles
- Coordinates two body sides so hand specialization is more likely to occur
- Improves handwriting by developing shoulder, arm, and wrist stability
- Helps develop fine-motor coordination as it builds the arches of the hand
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