The term gross motor strength conjures images of playing ball, climbing stairs, and running at the park….all activities that require arm, leg, and core strength. But developing strength in these muscle groups is not only important for sports and ball play!
In the classroom, students need to sit on the floor or at their desks for long periods of time , look up at the board during lessons , and have enough hand strength to write with good endurance and pencil grip. These skills can only be mastered when the muscles closer to the center of the body are strong enough. The core, arms, and shoulders (proximal muscles) are needed to give support to the wrist, hands, and fingers (distal muscles) to perform fine motor tasks and sit with good posture.
Here are some activities you can do to help your strengthen those upper extremity and core muscles.
Yoga poses that require upper body weight bearing
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Riding on scooter board!
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