, , , , , , ,

Favorite Activities to Work on Shoulder Girdle Strengthening

Print Friendly

The shoulder girdle is very important in the functioning of the arms and the hands.  In order to use your hands efficiently, you need to have strong, stable shoulders for your arms to work off of.  Kids need to be able to easily reach up against gravity and to reach out for objects.  It is hard to control what your hand is doing when you can’t control your shoulder very well, so I am going to share some of my favorite simple and easy to do activities that work on shoulder strength.  The key is to work against gravity and to have your arms up away from your body.

shoulder-girdle-strength

How can you recognize weakness in the shoulder girdle?  Some signs to look for are a student lifting the shoulders up toward their ears in a shrugging motion when doing an activity.  Also when a student keeps their elbows tucked in to the body.  These are both ways that the body tries to stabilize and compensate for weakness.

To work on strengthening, you have to get those elbows away from the body and work those arms against gravity.  There are lots of great activities to use to work against gravity, and most of them are lots of fun.  The object to most of the shoulder strengthening activities is to get the arms away from the body and reaching against gravity.  Many of the activities also use a pushing and pulling component as well in order to work those muscles.

shoulder-strength-activitie

Looking to find printable activities? You can find them in the community shop

shop at therapy fun store
Therapy Fun Zone Newsletter

Sign up for the weekly newsletter and get activity ideas in your inbox

Marketing by

**** I often will link to things on Amazon. These are usually affiliate links that will pay me a couple of dollars if you happen to buy something while there. Any money made through the Amazon links goes back into this site and helps us keep it going. Thank You.

The following two tabs change content below.
Tonya is a pediatric Occupational Therapist, and loves creating things to work on skills and solve problems.
1 reply

Trackbacks & Pingbacks

  1. […] Favorite Activities to Work on Shoulder Girdle Strength from Therapy Fun Zone […]

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *