Prone and kneeling activities

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Infants with developmental delay, preterm infants and those with joint hypermobility often dislike prone lying, do not push up into prone kneeling and are slow to learn to transition from sitting to kneeling. 

Below are several activities (available to subscribers) that are adapted to encourage the infant to tolerate prone, practice kneeling at a step and transition from sitting to kneeling.

  • R 10m kneeling at block 5_2.jpgInfants who dislike tummy time will often be quite happy when positioned on their tummies at a low block. In this position it is easier to push up on the arms, look ahead  and to start reaching for toys with one hand. 

  • In this video clip you see the impact of the position of the hips on the infants ability to move from sitting to kneeling at a low block. 

  • Max (13 months) has tightness in the hip abductor muscles which constrain the adduction movements of the hips. He is able to moe from sitting to kneeling facing a low step, but once in this position he is unable to shift his weight as he  

  • In this clip you see Roan and her Nana Pam (grandmother) playing. My objective was to get Roan to move from sitting into kneeling. My legs provide support for her attempts to reach  toys which I  present just out of reach. 

  • Playing when kneeling at a low block provides opportunities for exploring kneeling as a position, transferring weight, and strengthening the arms in readiness for crawling. 

  • Crawling up a slope.jpgOnce an infant has mastered the basics of crawling, it is a good idea to provide him/her with opportunities for crawling up, onto and over different surfaces.