Kids Furniture: 11 Sign’s it’s time to go Ergonomic.

by / Thursday, 18 June 2015 / Published in Ergonomic Information
Kids Furniture

Spend some time in a most offices and you will see ergonomic furniture and fittings helping adults go about their day with good posture, better health and productivity.

Why?

Employers understand the cost benefits of reduced absenteeism, injury related claims and improvements in productivity with a comfortable, pain free and highly productive team.

What about the workers of the future – Kids?

Today kids are sitting and using adult technology, typing, reading and writing more than ever.

Do you see children using appropriate postures supported by ergonomic equipment that most of us would expect in our workplaces?trailer film Nervous Laughter 2017

Most often not!

But they are kids- does it matter?

Working with adults in pain from poor working posture and habits, I often hear them remark, “I’ve always had bad posture”. It’s as if they believe their adult posture was fait accompli!

Those painful postures and habits didn’t just miraculously develop – to a large extent they were formed over time by the postures they used in their developing years.

The following saying couldn’t be more true:-

 As the twig is bent so grows the tree

Let’s give our kids a great start, avoid future painful postural issues, by building better posture and healthy habits from a young age.

Use of the best fitting furniture for the right task supports better posture and habits for kids, as it does for adults.

‘Kids Furniture: 11 Signs it’s time to go Ergonomic’

Will help you identify when a child is not using the best furniture for their tasks and developing poor habits and postures.

Consider getting professional advice when selecting the right equipment for your growing child.

  1. Excessive fidgeting

Productive movement is fantastic, but unproductive fidgeting from a poorly set up desk and chair is distracting and contributes to losses in concentration and motivation.

  1. Feet not flat on the floor

The chair is too high. Leg swinging, kicking, plus frequent chair hopping is distracting and signs of poor fit.

  1. Slouching

When a big ‘c ‘ curve shape of the back appears, a poor fit between task and furniture can be the reason. Also consider having your child’s muscle tone assessed.

  1. A forward head position (head is positioned in front of the shoulders)

A child’s head should sit comfortably over their shoulders for upright seated tasks. Forward head posture can be damaging to the neck and upper body as muscles strain to hold the weight of the head.

Check the desk, chair and light position and the location of books, stationery items and technology.

  1. Elevated shoulders

Shoulders creeping towards the ears can indicate the desk is too high. Commonly observed when kids sit on adult’s furniture.

Neck problems, headaches, postural changes, difficulties with upper limb control plus gross and fine motor movements are just a few of the issues that can result.

  1. Eye complaints

Headaches, squinting, tired eyes, neck discomfort, pain and poor concentration?  Poorly positioned monitors and books, plus inappropriate light sources to the task can cause eye and neck symptoms and fatigue.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

  1. Growing

Kids grow every day! The furniture that fits today simply will not in the future. Invest wisely with furniture that is easily adapted to meet your child’s needs today, tomorrow and into the future.

  1. Pain

A give away and indicator to have your child see a health professional for a full check up and also to check the fit of furniture meets your child’s individual needs.

  1. Technology Use

Move, take breaks and sit with task appropriate postures. Furniture always needs to accommodate technology use. Kids desks with the option of Sit / Stand features are a good option when recommended by a health professional.

  1. Desk refusal

Children innately know what feels good and act on this. Kids often like to vary their work space, but a poor desk and chair set up is not inviting. Refusal to sit at a desk and chair needs assessing.

  1. Loads of effort

Challenges with desk based tasks means an assessment and review of workspace is needed.

Many factors can contribute but look out for challenges with pencil and scissor grip/ use, letter and number formation, lack of upper limb and hand control.

Good task related posture is a core box to tick off.

About the author

Angela Forbes has a special interest in creating flexible, fun and creative workspaces for children that are adjustable to meet their individual health and learning needs.

Angela is the Managing Director, Occupational Therapist and Ergonomic Consultant with Acorn Ergonomics.

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