Tummy time is an essential part of a special needs child’s daily routine. The neck and shoulders muscles are strengthened each time your son or daughter spend time on their stomachs. During tummy time, kids work on head control and weight bearing through their arms and hands. By giving your special one an activity to do while on their tummy, he or she is also working on improving their fine motor skills as well.
The following are a variety of equipment and materials you can use with your child to use during tummy time:
1. Place your child on her or his tummy over a four inch wedge. Your child’s shoulders should be slightly over the wedge. To motivate your child to have good head control, put a favorite toy, book, IPad or a mirror. If your child is similar to Savannah, he or she may need help keeping their arms in position, which arm mobilizers can assist with.
3. Another tummy positioning can be used with a small or medium bolster. Your son or daughter can lay on his or her tummy on the bolster with either his or her elbows on the bolster or hands on the floor in front of the bolster.
4. You can put your child on his/ her tummy across your thighs with their arms over your legs, while he or she participates in an activity, plays with a toy or watches videos on an iPad.
5. A thick towel or blanket roll can be placed underneath his or her arms with elbows over the blanket while participating in an activity or playing with a toy.
6. A more personal tummy position for your child is to lay him or her on your chest facing you and prompt his or her elbows/ arms on your chest while you talk with your son/daughter.
7. Savannah loves doing tummy time on a big ball, which is a great motivator. You can hold your child’s arms or elbows up while looking in a mirror or participating in an activity.
8. The last tummy position is laying on a small peanut ball.
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