Monday, June 29, 2009

Leg kicks to strengthen legs and motor planning

Performing leg kicks are great for developing trunk and leg strength as the child leans forward and kicks her legs behind. The vaulting circingle has two handles to hold- so the child needs to use both hands. This is a great activity for children with weakness on one side or a side neglect because they will have to use both hands in order to do this.

As she leans forward to one side of the mane, her legs go up and she clicks her heels behind. It is actually easier to do while the horse is moving, but tricky to get comfortable with sequencing the movements while balancing.

Barbara Smith, M.S., OTR/L author of, The Recycling Occupational Therapist

Photo courtesy of Mary Hurley at Divinity Farm

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