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ask a Professional Bonnie Kohl, DPT Q: A: What is “W” sitting and why should my child avoid it? “W” sitting is a position children use to sit on the floor. Visually you will see a “W” shape with the child’s legs. Their feet are placed out diagonally behind their body and their knees are bent. “W” sitting is a go-to position for children with hip and core strength deficits as it does not require much muscle activation. 1. The hip joint needs to develop into a certain shape in order to achieve stability throughout life. Frequent and prolonged “W” sitting can alter the formation and development of the child’s hip joints. 2. Children explore and learn about their environment through play, often on the floor. Cross body and rotational movements are important for developing coordination. Unfortunately, “W” sitting limits rotation of the trunk, therefore the child is only able to play with what is in front of them. 3. It is best to correct the child when you see them “W” sit by saying phrases such as “criss-cross applesauce” or “fix your legs.” Find what phrase they respond to best, model tailor/cross leg sitting if able, and praise them when they sit safely. 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