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By Delia Poythress,OTR/L
My newborn daugh- ter struggled to raise her head.
I had placed her on hertummy while she wasawake. Her little body wriggled about, andas she had raised her head just enough to beable to look around, her little neck musclesgave out and down her head came, causingher to begin her struggle all over again. I wason my belly in front of her, talking softly toher, encouraging her to try again, showeringher with smiles and praise for her efforts. Shebegan to cry, so I picked her up, holding herclose, knowing that at this tender, young age,I was already laying the foundation for herfuture handwriting skills.
As the weeks passed and she made it veryevident that she did not enjoy “tummy time,” Ilearned to sit, reclined, on the floor, making myupper body a sort of “incline.” I would place mydaughter on my chest and sing to her, call hername, and talk to her softly—anything I coulddo to get her to bear weight through her armsand hands while looking up to see my face. Ialternated “sessions” like these with graduallyincreasing periods of tummy time to work on
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