by Kelly Dorfman, Ms., co-founder DDR
Low muscle tone, or hypotonia, is one of the physical problems often associated with developmental delays. Children can have generalized hypotonia or it may affect just specific areas such as the hands or upper body.
Hypotonia is clinically significant because in severe cases the muscles are literally too weak to perform important tasks such as holding a pencil or sitting without slumping in a chair. In milder cases, stamina or precision are affected.
For example, children with severe hypotonia of the hands are reluctant or sloppy writers whose interest in writing or drawing declines in direct correlation with the severity of the low tone. When the concerns are milder, youngsters may try to overcompensate for difficulties by holding pencils too hard and causing cramps or creating blisters. Read More→