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The other day I was horrified by the posture my nine-year-old son adopted to do his daily duties: the chair half a meter away from his table, with half of his 'buttocks' out of the chair, leaning to the right side, throwing everything the weight on the arm with which he writes, head inclined towards the shoulder, looking askance at the exercise book. Could it be that we do not care about these bodily aberrations?
Surely at this time of the day our son is already quite tired and it is difficult for him not to loosen or relax his body, leaving a good position; but having proper posture both in the classroom and at home positively influences children: in learning, in attention, in facilitating the process of writing and reading and, not least, in the health of your bones and muscles, and the comfort when facing your tasks.
The first thing to take into account to get our children to adopt an ergonomic and comfortable posture is the choice of table and chair, which must have a height and distance appropriate to the height of the child: the chair must have the height with which the child can rest his feet on the floor and not hang him, the buttocks well supported on the back of the chair and the knees bent at right angles; the table should reach approximately elbow height when bent.
This will help our child keep his back straight (although as is normal writing, he is slightly bent forward), he can distribute the weight of his body and can have an adequate visual field. On the other hand, we must take into account the placement of the objects on the table.
If the child is right-handed, he must place the reference book on his left (on the contrary, if he is left-handed), in the activities carried out on a paper, it must be straight and, if it is written on it, the weight must rest on the arm that does not write, while being immobilized. The inclination of the paper is important, since our children tend to incline it, forcing the trunk and extremities to an uncomfortable posture.
By last, we must take care of the wrist posture and the fingers when grasping the pencil, resting the arm and wrist and making a correct clamp with the fingers and thumb (without squeezing excessively or having fingers and wrist in tension).
Patro Gabaldon. Editor of our site
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