Children often use fidgeting, swinging legs, and bouncing to maintain focus in class. However, those wrapping legs around furniture may have low muscle tone, a weak core, or a retained STNR primitive reflex. Support is needed to maintain uprightness and prevent falls.
Retained STNR reflex is a common issue in children with learning challenges, affecting around 75%. This reflex can cause ADHD-type symptoms, fidgeting issues, and behavioral problems in the classroom. If not integrated, the child may slouch in their chair or rest their heads on their desk due to poor muscle control.
To counteract these challenges, the child may prefer standing or laying down for homework. They may also display poor standing posture, such as stooped shoulders, bent knees, and flexed hips. Poor sitting posture can result from sitting back in a chair with legs wrapped around the chair or sitting on them.