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On this show, I talk about the effects of “W” sitting in child development. Whether or not to correct kids who are “W” sitting is apparently a controversial topic! However, as an Occupational Therapist in early intervention, I work with kids who have special needs or developmental and motor delays so my perspective is pretty clear. When kids have developmental or motor delays for whatever reason, they often have weakness in their core muscles (tummy, sides, and back). “W” sitting can allow this weakness to continue which could make their school aged years more difficult than they have to be.
Research Article on W Sitting and Flatfoot
Chen,KC., eh, CJ., Tung, LC. et al. Eur J Pediatr (2011) 170: 931. Doi: 10.1007/s00431-010-1380-7
Owens, Buffy. The Brilliance of W Sitting. Conscious Movements. Web. 5/22/2017
Primitive Reflexes: The Answer Behind W Sitting and How to Fix it. Integrated Learning Strategies Learning Corner. Web. 5/22/2017.
Flat Foot (Pes Planus)
Web MD. Flatfoot Pes Planus Topic Overview. Web. 5/22/2017.
Boston Children’s Hospital. Femoral Anteversion Overview. Web. 5/22/2017.
Today News Story on W Sitting
Pawlowski, A. Today. Why W Sitting is Really Not So Bad for Kids After All. Web. 5/22/2017.