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Although infants with atypical development may not tolerate being prone on a flat surface, there are other options for providing infants with opportunities to develop the neck and trunk flexibility and muscle strength promoted by spent time in prone, as well as the ability to take weight on the UEs in preparation crawling.
The TOMT 0-3 assessment includes items that allow the therapist to identify different ways in which the physical environment can be adapted to allow the infant to assume a prone lying position, develop trunk extension in prone and start to explore possibilities for taking weight on the UE.
Some thoughts about crawling
A series of blog posts in response to Mindy Silva's question: Why do infants "bunny hop"?
About the neonate to crawling series
Variability, learning to balance in prone kneeling and early crawling
What abilities are needed for reciprocal crawling?
Infants who "bunny hop" need to acquire more varied patterns of movement
Prone kneeling: strength, coordination, stability and balance requirements
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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.