Balance and Coordination

A child challenges their balance and coordination many times a day just by being a child.

Balance and Coordination

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Balance and Coordination

A child challenges their balance and coordination many times a day just by being a child.

A child challenges their balance and coordination many times a day just by being a child. It is tested by doing simple things such as walking over the grass to more complex activities such as kicking a ball or climbing up a ladder to go down a slide. Balance and coordination can be affected by a number of different causes; muscles not ‘firing’ or ‘working’ at the correct time, retained reflexes from birth, poor proprioception, muscle strength and length.

Physio can help determine the cause and teach specific exercises and activities to improve your child’s ability to explore and play with their friends.

Quick standing balance tests

  • Can they keep their balance standing on one leg? is it the same (close) on the other side? if they are over 7 can they balance for more than 15 seconds on one leg?
  • Can they walk along a curb or on a line and not fall off?
  • Can they walk up the stairs without a rail, changing which foot lands on the step each time? do they find walking down the stairs challenging?
  • Can they hop on the spot?
Category
Conditions
Age Affected
2-10
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Our practice philosophy is to promote strength and development through play and exercise. We provide a holistic and comprehensive approach that is backed by clinical experience. We can create a tailored individual program to be implemented at home, childcare or school to help meet your child and family’s goals.

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