Working on Sitting Skills with Baby

By: Michelle Yuen, Physical Therapist

Hey Mom! Want some tips and tricks to get your little one sitting? Let’s have a ball! 🏀

You don’t need a fancy new toy to motivate your little one. Something as simple as a ball can be used to encourage your little one to sit! The Dollar Store is a great place to find a ball to use if you don’t already have one at home.

HOW DOES THIS WORK? 

Use a ball in front of your child to help them to prop-sit. This will encourage them to push through their arms and also allow their back to straighten (trunk extension). You are encouraging proper sitting and having so much fun!

SITTING IS A PROGRESSION OF SKILLS

  1. Placed in a sitting position
  2. Prop sitting (with arms in front of them)
  3. Reaching in sitting (with one arm support)
  4. Two hand play with sitting
  5. Getting into/ out of sitting

WHAT IS NEEDED PHYSICALLY TO SIT?

  • Head/neck control
  • Upper body strength
  • Postural strength/ control
  • Trunk stability
  • Symmetrical weight bearing 

OTHER IDEAS TO PRACTICE SITTING

Start working on sitting on a firm crib mattress on the floor.  Why? The baby can reach and play and if they do fall they are safe. Keep your hand on the babies lap to help give them ground their center of gravity while they play. Also try a toy that is up right. Small toys or rattle may encourage them to lay down on the floor to play. 

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An 8-week program for children age 3-5 with sensory processing differences

Children with sensory processing differences have difficulty with regulation, which sometimes makes it difficult for them to interact with the world around them. Our Sensory Explorers group targets regulation in order to build engagement! This group is led by pediatric occupational therapist Mackenzie Baldock and developmental therapist/PLAY Project Consultant Brenna Thompson, both of whom specialize in using developmentally appropriate strategies to support children so they can learn new skills. Group meets once/week for 60 minutes.

Wondering if this class is appropriate for your child? Some characteristics of kids who benefit: easily frustrated with play, repetitive play, difficulty sitting/keeping still to engage in play, refuses to allow others to engage in play, unable to be messy, overly busy, quickly overwhelmed in a busy environment, picky eater, difficulty tolerating grooming/dressing/diapering routines, struggles with transitions/following a group plan/routine. 

Goals of the group include:

  • Child participating in a variety of sensory play activities
  • Engaging socially with others in the group
  • Providing a non threatening environment where children can experience new sensations with the support of a pediatric Occupational Therapist and PLAY Project consultant
  • Providing personalized resources to caregivers, so they better understand the sensory system and learn strategies to assist their child with regulation outside of group
  • Opportunity to meet with other local families
 
 

Group begins with a 30 minute Open House on Tuesday October 4 for your child & caregiver/family to attend. This provides an opportunity to meet the therapists, acclimate your child to the space and provide some initial information about your child’s responses to a variety of sensory activities. 30 minute sessions will be offered from 12:30-4:30 on 10/4 with sign up sent with registration.

 

GROUP MEETS for 6 weeks October 11-November 15: Tuesdays 2:00-3:00 OR Tuesdays 3:30-4:30. ***We ask that families who are able remain flexible on the time slot so we can effectively pair your child with others that they will gain the maximum benefit from for social interactions!** Caregivers are encouraged to stay to support their child and learn helpful strategies, however other options will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Caregiver education is a key component of this program. Make-up date in case of class cancellation: 11/22/22

 

Group ends with a 15-30 minute Zoom wrap up session with caregiver(s) on November 29th. Every participant will receive a short, personalized Session Summary report complete with suggestions/recommendations for helpful sensory supports in the child’s home/classroom/community.