Thursday, March 31, 2011

Promote Walking: Are Treadmills Good?

Question: Jett (DS) just turned 13 months old and is crawling all over, creeping forward 1-2 steps (prefers crawling), pulling himself up to standing and can walk forward if we hold his hands (just did it as an experiment, not that we are encouraging walking). Should I get a treadmill? I read that it's good for DS (In What You CAN Do for DS)... I think it's more important that he crawls and have no fear that he won't walk.... Once he walks on his own should I get one?

Answer: The treadmill research focused more on the parents reaction than the actual neurodevelopmental issues with the child. Many things weren't evaluated but from our experience, it is best to let the child progress at his or her own developmental pace aware of the steps (which I know you are) so that joints, reflex integration, etc. takes place in an orderly manner as the Lord intended.

Kay Ness, Neurodevelopmentalist

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