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ask a Professional Bonnie Kohl, DPT Q: A: It seems my child may skip crawling and go right to walking. Is that okay? Although every child is different, crawling is a vital part to their development. 1. Crawling can help improve the strength of your child’s neck, back, and shoulders. Increased weight through the arms can help with the activation of important muscles. Secondly, the all-fours position can improve the bone density of the child’s legs and assist in the strengthening of their hip joint muscles. Crawling allows the child to work on cross body movements as well as weight shifting. 2. Here are a few ways to help your child gain the benefits of crawling if they are not interested in the actual skill. Work on tall or half kneeling and place the child’s toy slightly out of reach requiring them to reach outside their center of gravity in order to grasp the toy. If you can do so safely, demonstrate crawling to your child. Get down on the floor and crawl around laughing and smiling in hopes your child will imitate you. Try to place your child on all-fours with stimulation in front of them to encourage play. Got a question you want answered? Visit our website or find us on Facebook and submit it today! Sundog Rehabilitation, llC Serving Rapid Valley, Custer and West Rapid locations. 605-787-2719 www.sundogrehab.com - Most Insurance Accepted