**Especially helpful for parents of children with Down Syndrome and low tone
When kids thrust their legs when sitting, you can help them increase their core strength and decrease thrusting, if you gently bend and tuck one leg in towards the base. The leg might pop right back out again...this isn't a lack of cooperation, it is just unfamiliarity, along with stronger thrusting than bending reflexes.
In these three photos, we have an example of how to do this:
In the top image, this toddler is excited to play with the orange ball! In the middle image, Mom has slid the tower in front of one of her girl's legs, so that she could release her strong thrusting and sit safely to play. In the last photo, we see this girl sitting stably and independently, thanks to the input from the toy and Mom!
To try this at home have a sturdy toy nearby. Start by lovingly touching your child. Feel how strong your child's thrusting leg is. Wait for a brief pause in the intensity of the thrusting, to quickly bend his or her knee to tuck one foot towards the other leg. Next, slide a sturdy toy, like this tower, in front of the bent leg. One leg will bend in more easily than other. In play, start with the easier side, then let Baby rest and focus back on the play before you try the tighter side. As soon as the knee bends, remove your hand. Try this once or twice a day when Baby is fresh, and not when tired or hungry. No forcing and no urgency.
Good luck, and let me know how it goes!
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