Tummy Time: Learning Delays that could Result from Lack of Tummy Time

By: Integrated Learning Strategies

Core Muscle Strength Babies naturally strengthen their core muscles by lifting their head, neck, arms, and legs while in the prone position (lying on the stomach). Despite not visibly moving, this activity contributes to core muscle development. Well-toned core muscles are crucial for alertness and attention, while weak ones may result in poor posture, head drooping, and reduced coordination, impacting overall attention and focus.

Visual Tracking As a child's core muscles strengthen, their visual field becomes more stable. Weak muscles cause head bobbing, leading to blurred images as the child struggles to focus quickly. Strengthened muscles reduce head bobbing, resulting in a clearer visual field. The eyes and neck then coordinate to locate and determine the position of objects.

Hand-eye-coordination The eyes begin tracking the movements of the hands, enhancing visual tracking and improving the child's understanding of their hand capabilities. This initial motion forms the foundation of hand-eye coordination, a crucial skill for tasks like handwriting, performing in gym class, and effortlessly turning pages in a book.

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