A few days ago a friend came up to me in music class and asked “so, what’s with the w-sitting?”
She recently read an article in a parenting magazine that said w-sitting was harmful to the hips and knees and limits trunk development. Of her 2 year old twins one was a frequent w-sitter and now my friend was making herself NUTS trying to fix her feet all day long!
I glanced over to my w-sitting sitting daughter playing the drums and gave her my opinion. W-sitting is OK when it is one of a variety of sitting positions – kids should be moving in and out of ring sitting, side sit, long sit, squat and kneeling. Its just fine if w-sitting is part of the rotation.
Now there are times that W-sitting is not ok. I just started treating an 18 month old little guy over the past month who was always w-sitting. In fact, I could easily tell this boy apart from his identical twin brother because of his posture alone. After just several weeks of correcting his sitting position, hands on cues to teach him how to sit up tall and strengthening his trunk with lots of reaching play, he now sits in a variety of positions. The only problem is I can’t tell the difference between the twins now! The point is that in this case w-sitting was a problem. This kiddo would not have developed good postural control if he continued to rely only on w-sitting in addition to the effects on his joints.
So what sitting options are there other than the big, bad W? Here are a few…
http://jonikidpt.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/kidpt.png00Joni Redlichhttp://jonikidpt.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/kidpt.pngJoni Redlich2010-04-23 22:02:502016-03-23 00:31:23Is W-Sitting Really One of the 7 Deadly Sins?