What’s Wrong with W-Sitting?
Thursday, December 18th, 2014
Lots of children without any diagnosis W-sit. So do many children with low muscle tone, developmental delays, cognitive disabilities and motor delays.
While many children W-sit some of the time, they can easily transition out of it with a simple “friendly feet” kind of reminder. It is of concern when W-sitting is the child’s primary way of sitting on the floor to play. It can inhibit trunk mobility, balance reactions in the trunk, crossing the midline, and prevent children from reaching all around them and behind them to grab toys. For children who have motor delays, it feeds into patterns that can ultimately be harmful to the muscles and joints, and interfere with the development of higher level motor skills.
With patience and perseverance you can make a big change. At first you might have to unfurl your child’s legs and place them in side sitting or criss-cross-applesauce, but eventually you will just need to give them a cute cue, like “friendly feet.”