The playground is not just for fun but developmentally fundamental! Swinging, sliding, and most importantly climbing are great for sensory integration and strength!
Climbing ladders and up steps is important for:
- Upper body and lower body coordination
- Eye-hand coordination
- Gravitational insecurity
- Control stepping down
- Strengthening of legs and arms
- Increases flexibility
- Builds grip strength in hands in feet
Climbing down is more difficult as it requires gravitational security, control and ability to alternate legs and arms while stepping backwards. This will require added attention to hand and foot placement.
For those kiddos who are afraid of heights or have difficulty swinging or sliding, climbing is a good way acclimate to height changes and overcome gravitational insecurity.
For more information or help with climbing feel free to ask any one of our great Therapist’s! Call us today at (305) 923-2777.