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Tossing infants

Hi Patty,

I’m a pediatric occupational therapist and sensory specialist with expertise on the impact of technology on developing children, and would like to offer a comment on the positive aspects of what I term “rough and tumble” play.

The job of the infant and toddler is to move, touch and connect with other humans for optimal development. Examples of how to achieve these critical factors are parents carrying infants in sling type devices (as opposed to front packs) for tactile stimulation for eventual planned movement, rocking them for vestibular stimulation necessary for postural tone and motor coordination, placing them on their tummy’s to encourage back and neck extension (except when in cribs), and inversion positions while supporting the infant’s head, important for righting reactions and learning position in space.

National average use by infants 0-2 years of 2.2 hours per day of TV is depriving these infants of movement, touch and connection, resulting in low postural tone, poor coordination, inability to maintain optimal arousal states for sleeping, and malformation of the primary attachment with parents.

Let me know if you’d like additional information.

Have a GREAT day!

Sincerely,

Cris Rowan, BScOT, BScBi, SIPT, Approved Provider AOTA
CEO Zone’in Programs Inc.
6840 Seaview Rd.
Sechelt, BC V0N3A4
604-885-0986 office, 604-885-0389 fax, 604-740-2264 cell
email crowan@zonein.ca
website www.zonein.ca