What is W – Sitting and Why do Children Prefer this Position?
The Effects of W Sitting:
- Shorter and tighter leg muscles which can later impact a child’s gross motor skills and overall coordination.
- Increased risk for hip dislocation.
- Locks the child’s trunk into one position which can impact upper body rotation and bilateral coordination.
- Delayed core muscle development because the muscles are left unused as the child is relying on their legs for stability. Decreased trunk strength and stability can impact a child’s fine/gross motor skills, balance, and stability.
How to Decrease W Sitting:
- Redirect your child in alternative positions like, side sitting, tailor sitting or long legs sitting when W-sitting is observed.
- Increase your child’s core strength by engaging in Animal walks, yoga poses, tummy time activities, rolling on the floor, and obstacle courses.
- Play at the table as this requires your child to sit in a chair in an upright position.
Alternative Ways to Sit:
If your child continues W-sitting and is struggling to maintain any other position, it may be beneficial to have your child evaluated by an pediatric occupational therapy specialist to make sure w-sitting is not impacting their ability to be independent and functional in their daily lives.