By: Integrated Learning Strategies
Encouraging good posture in children is vital, akin to maintaining a healthy diet, exercise, and sufficient sleep. Posture depends on factors like muscle strength, core control, flexibility, and psychological aspects like self-confidence. Poor posture in kids can lead to physical issues such as muscle strains, neck/back pain, and reduced lung capacity. It may also affect growth and development, causing abnormal bone growth and loss of flexibility.
Excessive screen time with electronic devices like iPads and TVs can worsen posture, increasing the risk of developmental problems. Poor posture in children can hinder their ability to learn in the classroom, leading to mental issues and learning challenges due to discomfort and strain. Research suggests a connection between early learning and memory development and a child's posture as they grow.
Other Signs of a Retained STNR – Impaired eye-hand coordination – Struggles with low muscle tone – W-sitting – Difficulty copying notes from the chalkboard to paper – Muscle tension headaches linked to neck position and arm position – Trouble with swimming skills
Poor posture is one of the most common signs of a retained STNR reflex, it is frequently seen in the way a student sits at their desk in school. When sitting at their desk, they tend to gravitate and shift to a posture where they feel most comfortable. This is why you may see your child slump in their chair with their legs stretched straight out underneath the desk, having their arms bent holding their book.