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יום שבת ח תשרי התשפא 26.09.2020

Detecting and treating problems requiring Physical Therapy in school children

 

 

How to identify problems requiring Physical Therapy in school children

(While the single occurrence of any of these is no cause for worry, when any of them occurs consistently, this can indicate a need for physical therapy.)

- child exhibits motoric difficulty or difficulty using muscles.

- child's shoulders remain slumped for a protracted period after removing backpack.

- back is slouched and shows signs of fatigue.

- child frequently appears to be on the verge of collapse, is generally fatigued, and has no  attention issues.

- child is always looking to lean against a wall, desk, chair, etc.

- child falls out of chair, and sits slumped rather than straight.

- child has clear handwriting, but after several minutes at a task handwriting becomes illegible, and the child is tired.

- child rests head on table or arm most of the time.

- child doesn't participate in playground time, and 'likes to rest' and avoids sports.

- child complains of body pain.

 

In the above instances it is recommended to seek a Physical Therapy examination.

A. Consult with a professional and send child for examination if recommended.

B. Reduce weight of school backpack! A heavy pack is a disaster for a child's back.

C. Find chair appropriate to table height for all children, but especially for a child exhibiting difficulties. A support pillow for the back is also helpful! (During arts and crafts it is a good idea to provide pillows attached to the back of the chair for the entire class!)

Exercises recommended for the entire class in the middle of lesson - 2 minutes of stretches sideways and upwards; NOT downwards! Walk around desk, relaxation exercises.

 

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