"W" sitting rounds the back and makes it impossible for your child to sit up straight.
Bad posture will affect
"W" sitting creates tunnel vision.
Tunnel vision is the loss of peripheral vision.
When vision is affected the way your child moves and develops will also be affected.
Movement Lesson™ has spent over a decade correlating poor vision with poor milestone development.
With over 30,000 hours of evaluating clients, Michelle, founder of Movement Lesson™, has decided not to ignore this crucial piece of information that vision does indeed affect movement development.
When you improve vision, you improve movement, attention span, and a child's confidence to learn and explore.
While in W sitting your child is not in neutral. What does this mean?
This means that the pelvis is stuck and your child can not freely move around with ease.
A suck pelvis means that a child has limited upper body rotation, which causes delays in movement and milestone development.
Note how difficult it is for your child to perform tasks that involve both hands.
You can already see how your child's hand coordination development has been hindered.
More than likely your child has difficulty with or can't side sit and just struggles in general with sitting even when not W sitting.
Do the feet curl in?
If so please note that this is their balance, and it's another sign to you that the pelvis is locked up.
If you free up the pelvis then the feet can relax and your child can begin to move around more freely.
Ask yourself, have you ever seen your child side sit?
Watch this video for 30 seconds to better understand neutrality and side sitting.
(video starts a 4:30 stop at 5:02)
In W sitting, the hips, abs, and leg muscles will become tight which negatively affects their coordination, balance, and the development of gross motor skills.
(Watch the full video above where Michelle talks about why a child can't side it and learn more about how tight muscles affect coordination, balance, development of gross motor skills.)
In W sitting put all their support on their legs and knees, which can cause their pelvis to be stuck. In the long run, they can damage their knees.
At first, your child may be resistant to these other positions but it’s important that you consistently practice and help him or her feel that there are other ways of sitting.
In the “Sitting and Vison” course I go into more detail on how to improve sitting through the pelvis with step-by-step videos of how you can help your child with, not just sitting, but vision as well too!
It's important to remember that a child may prefer a certain position in order to feel safe and stable. You don’t want to force them into a “traditional” position.
What better is to help them know what a free pelvis feels like so their movement can be more functional.