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Learning how to catch a ball can be as easy as 1 2 3!
By: Renata Bursten, Dragonfly Staff




Catching a ball can be harder then it looks! Catching balls develops good shoulder stability and torso stability.

You can help make the process easier by offering the right balls in the right order. Here is a three step process to try:

1. First start with a sturdy balloon, a punching balloon without the elastic is ideal. It can be easier to start in a sitting position about 2-3 feet away.

2. Next, try with a light high friction ball. The 9 and 15 inch Yadda balls are ideal.
,3. In the final step, stand or sit a little further apart and bounce the Yadda ball to the child. The bounce gives the child a little extra time to catch the ball.

Note: For children with latex allergies, balloons contain latex but the Yadda balls are latex free.
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Teaching Pull-To-Stand In Three Easy Stages

1. Sit the child on a bolster, seat or small physioball in front of a steady surface to pull up on. The child's feet should be firmly planted on the floor. Let the child grasp your hands and rise to standing. 2. Once that step is mastered, try starting the child from a kneeling position. Help them bring one foot forward first and then the other foot as they rise. 3. Then try starting from a sitting position. The feet must swing to the side, then the child moves to an all-fours kneeling position, and then pulls to stand. This activity helps children develop strong shoulder muscles and general stability. It is especially appropriate for children who have general developmental delays or Down syndrome.

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