In today’s Webisode, a Pediatric Occupational Therapist explains different ways to determine how your child may have a low muscle tone and what you can do once you figure out the symptoms.
In this video you will learn:
- The meaning of muscle tone
- How you can determine if your child has low muscle tone
- What to do when discovering the symptoms of low muscle tone
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audience, this is Pediatric Therapy TV, where we provide experience and
innovation to maximize your child’s potential. Now your host, here’s Robyn.
Robyn: Hello and welcome to Pediatric Therapy TV. I’m your host, Robyn
Ackerman. Today I’m standing here with Pediatric Occupational
Therapist Dana Pais.
Dana, can you tell us what are some signs to identify a child
who may have low muscle tone?
Dana: Muscle tone refers to the muscle’s ability to sustain a contraction.
It’s different than strength, which refers to the muscle’s
power. To identify a child who has low muscle tone, you may see
them do things such as slouching when they’re sitting in a
chair, or having difficulty holding their head upright when
seated at a desk. You may see them prop their head on their
hands or lay their head down on the desk.
You may also see a child have difficulty sitting for extended
periods of time, particularly without back support, and you may
also see them sitting in the ‘W’ position when they’re on the
floor, which is when their legs are splayed out to the side in
the shape of a ‘W’.
You can’t actually change muscle tone, but what you can do is
strengthen the muscles around the joints so that it can help
compensate, and then the child can complete their daily tasks.
Robyn: All right. Thank you so much, Dana, and thank you to our
viewers. And remember, keep on blossoming.
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