Erin has hypermobility and her wrists and ankles are very hypermobile. To put it in context Erin struggles to carry any books or toys more than a few steps. After a very short distance she will complain that they are too heavy. As Erin’s ankles are also very weak she has to really concentrate on her walking. Therefore walking and carrying are problematic. We have been given some advice on how to help Erin. It is important that she excersises these muscles to build her strength. Obviously for children the best way to excercise is through fun activities and play.
Therefore I have to don my apron more often and include activities that strengthen her muscles. Painting was suggested as an ideal way to build the wrist muscle. Brushing back and forth is particularly good. Today we have enjoyed an hour or so of painting. We started off with doing our handprints, this helps her by stretching out her fingers.
Next we moved onto some free play with brushes, Erin enjoys painting and doesn’t mind getting mucky. Dylan did not like this as a young child so I am glad Erin is happier with this. Each day I need to build in some time which specifically strengthens her wrists. I will be posting lots of our ideas.
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