Strengthening and core stability

Children with movement difficulties (cerebral palsy, joint hypermobility, low muscle tone, autism, DCD) can often present with weakness in their core muscles, these are the muscle that helps us to maintain static sitting or standing positions, and in specific muscle groups like the hip extensors. Targeting these core stability muscles and weak muscle groups, in therapy can lead to improvements in function and play. We will give you lots of examples on how to make the exercises fun, with lots of variety, so that it keeps your children engaged with the exercises.

Until recently, strength training in children with cerebral palsy (CP) was considered to be inappropriate, because it could lead to increased spasticity or abnormal movement patterns. However, the results of recent studies suggest that progressive strength training can lead to increased strength and improved function.