Pediatric Physical Therapy Exercises #50: Teaching Early Ball Handling Skills Sitting
By Bryan Wright
Hello! My name is Amy Sturkey. I am a pediatric
physical therapist. I’m here with Colton who is a typically
developing 13 month old. We’re going to work on rolling and catching a ball
from sitting .Uh-huh. Ball! We want the ball. So if you sit him with your legs out
wide. He does not want his leg slide but I’m
going to try to keep him. All right! Send it to us! Okay. There you go. So what you want to see is
for him to put out his arms, not his feet to catch that ball. Uh-huh… and then you send it on back. Alright Let’s see. You can see …uh-huh..It’s
a little delayed. He doesn’t reach for it yet first. It was a good…What? …with your mouth? …Hold on! Give me that!
Right! All right.Let’s see? Try rolling a little slower to see if he can see if it
it’s coming. Would you get the ball out of your mouth? Not the mouth! Alright. A little
bit slower so it gives him time. There you saw that time he was a little bit better at timing it.
Not in the mouth. Not in the mouth. Okay. Okay. Okay. Alright. Last time. You going to get it? There! Just a little slow. His timing will get better at it and it will go less in
his mouth as he gets older. That’s some basic idea of working on the
rolling and catching. Get his feet wide. Roll the ball slower. Use a big ball so
that he has time to process it coming in and trying to grab it.
Thanks a lot and I’ll see you later!