Do you notice the following in your child?:
- Decreased strength.
- Increased flexibility and movement in joints.
- Poor endurance.
Do you find that he/she:
- Fatigues quickly.
- Has poor posture.
- Has increased flexibility and increasing susceptibility to injuries.
- Has poor persistence to gross motor tasks.
- Lacks appropriate body feedback awareness.
- Avoids chewy foods.
- Prefers to engage in sedentary activities.
These are all common difficulties often (not always) experienced by children with low muscle tone. We, at Airspace Inflatables were made aware of this by one of our customers, Carl of Water World in Strand … who is passionate about children and play. He has noticed that more and more children that come to play at Water World are presenting with low muscle tone. So much so that he has had to design inflatables with more safety features because children don’t cope well due to unfamiliar activity.
It seems that with easy access for children to technology and the hypnotic effect of these devices, that children are less active than they used to be. This means less playing outside, less activity and less development of their muscles.
And if these issues are left unattended, children are likely to be impacted in the following ways:
- Managing a full school day due to poor strength and endurance.
- Having difficulty in participating in sporting activities which then could lead to an inactive lifestyle, increasing the risks of other health related issues such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease or similar conditions.
- Self-esteem and confidence when they realise their skills do not match their peers.
- Fine motor skills (e.g. writing, drawing and cutting) due to poor core stability, meaning they do not have a strong base to support the use of their arms and hands.
- Completing self-care tasks (e.g. doing up shoelaces, buttons, zips, using cutlery).
- Anxiety and stress in a variety of situations leading to difficulty reaching their academic potential.
- Academic performance: Developing literacy skills such as reading and writing and coping in the academic environment.
- Academic assessment: Completing tests, exams and academic tasks in higher education.
So what can be done to improve muscle tone:
- Gross motor activities: Increase participation in gross motor activities.
- Motivation: Make activities achievable and appealing for the child.:
- Fun/play: A child is more likely to persist with tasks if they are fun and play based.
- Develop underlying skills: such as postural control, endurance and body awareness.
- Play based activities to promote longer participation.
- Hard muscle work exercises/games to build strength and endurance.
And what fits perfectly into all those categories? Yes, that’s right a jumping castle. A jumping castle is fun, it’s appealing, it exercises gross and core muscles, it builds strength and endurance, it is engrossing in a really positive way!
So what are you waiting for – contact us today to rent a jumping castle – perfect to get your child outdoors, active and improving his muscle tone!!
Contact Airspace on 021 785 3331 or . Alternatively book it on our website – there are lots of rental options: https://www.airspace.co.za/rentals/ You know that you will have well-exercised, well-toned and happy child!