I'm not just a PT, I'm also a parent!

I'm not just a PT, I'm also a parent!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Pediatric PT Toolkit - Footstool

from www.ikea.com

 A simple footstool is a great tool to include in your pediatric therapy toolkit.  I use mine all the time!

Here's how I use a footstool in my pediatric PT sessions:
  •  For children who are just learning to sit with trunk control, I like to have them 90-90 sit on the stool so that they can practice sitting without trunk support, but with proximal stability.
  • A footstool is a perfect height for small children to use to support themselves as they practice tall kneeling.  I have found that using a coffee table just encourages them to pull to stand.
  • I will have children practice seating themselves on the stool to develop body awareness and motor planning skills.
  • I have children step up onto the stool to build lower extremity strength and to help them learn how to step up onto curbs and up stairs.
  • I have children step down off of the stool to work on eccentric control of their lower extremities so that they can step down from curbs or stairs safely.
  • When families don't have stairs in their homes, I use a footstool and a piece of study furniture to mimic 2 steps.
  • I'll have kids stand with one foot on the floor and the other on the stool to introduce single-limb stance.
  • When testing with the Peabody Developmental Motor Scales - II, or when practicing jumping down from an elevated surface, the footstool comes in handy.  If you can, try to find one that is 7 inches high (or as close as possible) so that you can use it for standardized testing.
Ikea has a nice, sturdy, inexpensive (only $4.99!) footstool, but if you don't have an Ikea near you, footstools are relatively easy to find.  I keep mine up-side down in my therapy bag so that I can nest my other goodies inside of it.

This one is nice because it folds, but it's 8 1/2" high, so you can't officially use it for the PDMS-II.


This one is nice and safe and sturdy, but a bit pricey.  It's only about 6" high, so again, you can't officially use it for the PDMS-II unless you place it on a 1" high surface first.

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