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How’s your child’s core strength?

September 26, 2012

Last week, nearly 100 local preschool directors and teachers enjoyed a workshop — hosted at Cannon School — presented by Charlotte-based occupational therapist, Heidi Tringali.

As a parent, I was riveted to Heidi’s discussion of the many ways preschool teachers and parents can support young children as they develop their “core strength”.

Heidi explained that the core strength of infants and small children is often underdeveloped due to a variety of factors — including changes in infant car seat design and the “back to sleep” movement (infants sleeping on their backs) of the 1990’s. 

Among other things, Heidi reminded us that it is critical for parents to provide “tummy time” to strengthen an infant’s core.  “Children cannot develop strong fine motor development until their core strength and gross motor development is where it needs to be,” she added.

Cannon School will sponsor another Heidi Tringali worksop — this one designed specifically for parents of young children — at St. Alban’s Church in Davidson on Wednesday, October 24 at 9:30 a.m. 

“The Preschool Years:  Technology and School Readiness” will examine the role of technology and early learning — and offer parents a number of ideas and activities to use at home to enhance their child’s school readiness.

Visit www.cannonschool.org/thepreschoolyears for details and to register.

Hope to see you there!

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