Physical Literacy and Proprioception for Babies and Toddlers

Physical Literacy and Proprioception for Babies and Toddlers

Touch in babies is the foundation of physical literacy and proprioception

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Margaret Wallis-Duffy is a founder of Wallis For Wellness, a Registered Massage Therapist, Internationally Certified Infant Massage Instructor, speaker and a media personality.

Physical Literacy and Proprioception for babies and toddlers

Running, jumping, and throwing are all things that kids love to do, and at the same time are key building blocks for being physically active for life. They are part of physical literacy - having the movement vocabulary (fundamental movement skills).

What is proprioception?

It is a multi-faceted sensory experience that relies on many of the physical senses to help our bodies know how it interacts with our environment. Proprioception is a constant feedback loop within your nervous system, telling your brain what position you are in and what forces are acting upon your body at any given point in time.

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Why is physical literacy important in the early years?

The early years provide an opportunity for developing motor skills and establishing lifelong patterns. It’s also a time of rapid growth and physical, emotional and social development. Physical activity in the first five years helps your child’s brain grow and develop and improves their social skills.

Children of all ages learn through active play including adult-led or free play, indoors or outdoors, and in groups, pairs or alone. Active play leads to children improving their movement skills and confidence.

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Proprioception can be improved by giving a child more sensory feedback.

Touch – Baby Massage

The baby massage program with Wallis for Wellness, takes babies through an exercise program that helps to improve spatial awareness & proprioception.

The benefits of this loving touch can begin as early as the first few hours of life, and the program continues to offer its diverse benefits as your child grows. In the beginning, research supports the fact the massage can be used for relieving symptoms of gas/colic, increase weight gain, and assist in the improvement of sleep patterns. As your child blossoms into toddler and preschool years, intentional therapeutic touch can help to alleviate growing pains, improve body awareness and body image as well as promote the potential of a lifetime of healthy parent-child communication.

The following is a list of just a few of the benefits that the power of touch has to offer to babies:

• Improved Child/Parent Bond

• Enhanced Child/Parent Communication

• Improved Body Awareness for the baby

• Improved body image in older children

• Improved circulation

• Induction of the Nervous System and

Great for Physical Literacy and Proprioception for Babies and Toddlers

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