Beck is great little guy with a very rare form of myelopathy which has affected his ability to move, talk and walk. In this video he shows us some basics strategies of how to progress from cruising sideways along objects to taking some independent steps.

When first helping kids learn to walk it cannot be overstated to keep the distances extremely short as in just a couple of feet. It has been most successful for me to repeat several very short walks as opposed to trying to bribe kids to walk for 10-15 feet or more. In the early stages they are still faster crawlers than walkers, so if I try to make them go too far, they simply drop and crawl because its easier. Find the distance (by experimenting) where the child decides that it is easier to walk than crawl and practice there.

Climbing Slides is an easy and fun way for kids to gain the necessary strength in some key muscle groups that help us to stand, walk, run and more. I'm not sure exactly what it is about climbing slides, but most kids love it! In my experience they will repeat it over and over which is great fun for everybody and an excellent strengthening exercise to assist us in getting our kids to achieve some important motor skills.

The gluteals, quadriceps, calves and muscles of the core are very necessary when kids are learning how pull themselves to standing, cruising (sideways walking along objects), walking, running and jumping and it just so happens that slide climbs strengthen all of them.

This is a short video showing some of the most essential components of learning how to army crawl, which is a big deal when kids are just learning how to move. (1 min 39 sec). The kids learn how shift their weight as the motor control moves its way from the head, neck and arms down through the core and into the legs. This is when they really learn how to explore their world and leads to sitting, hands and knees creeping, kneeling, standing and walking.

Dylan teaches us a lot in this clip about how important it is to bridge and learn how to take independent steps by working in very short distances and ranges of movement. (1 min 12 sec.) As with many things in physical therapy repetition is key along with her alignment and careful consideration to the heights and distances at which toys are placed to ensure success and fun.