Possible Signs of Low Tone in a Child
-The muscles in their body appear to be less firm than usual.
-The child appears to be floppy and to have loose joints.
-The child appears to be less alert and have poor posture and attention.
-May be late learning to sit and walk – but not always.
-Has trouble sitting up straight and working at a table – tends to sit with a rounded back, may lean on one hand when drawing and writing.
-Has difficulty sitting still, tends to fidget, does not complete school tasks.
-Has difficulties with handwriting and drawing.
-May tire very quickly, does not like walking far, has trouble going up stairs.
-May be good at games that involve short bursts of running, but have difficulty with posture in sitting, drawing and handwriting – these tasks require sustained activity in the postural muscles.
-Sits between legs on floor (w-sitting), does not like cross legged sitting.
-Appear to have poor attention span or concentration, gives up easily.
-Cannot hang on the monkey bars, does not like climbing on the jungle gym, is fearful.
If your child presents with these signs, you should consider having them assessed by a physiotherapist.