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What is Core Strength, and How Does It Affect Focus, Written Expression, Pencil Grip, and Much More?

Join us to discover how building core strength can improve so many aspects of your child’s life.

Core strength involves the muscles in a person’s back, belly, pelvis, and the sides of their trunk. Stability in their core promotes better use of their shoulders during play and fine motor activities. Both a person’s gross motor and fine motor development start with good core strength.

Core strengthening is essential for the progression of many developmental skills. A person needs a strong core to do everything from keeping their balance to using both hands together, from sitting up straight in a chair to controlling a pencil or scissors.

Additionally, kids need good core strength and good posture for optimal breathing. If kids sit upright with good posture, they breathe better. More oxygen to their brains means improved focus and attention.

Kathy Nicholson is an occupational therapist with From the Heart Therapy Services, certified in Sensory Integration assessment and therapy with more than 40 years of experience in pediatrics, both in clinic treatment and school-based consultation.

Whether your child has been diagnosed with special needs or has particular challenges yet to be identified; whether they are spirited, struggle with reading or writing, or have sensory issues; whether they have learning, emotional, or behavioral differences, or fall into the quirky kid category, we’ll explore the means to help you help your child here in the Westlake area with monthly guest speakers and parent discussions. This series is targeted toward parents of children throughout Eanes ISD, whether in public, private, or home schooling, and is open to everyone.

Some past presentations are available on the Westbank Library YouTube Channel.

Questions?  Please contact Laura’s Library at

Please read these ground rules ahead of the conversation:

  • Please keep your camera on for the discussion and provide your name.
  • Mute if there is background noise.
  • Respect the privacy of others by not reporting what you hear in this conversation with any specificity or attribution.
  • Be respectful and listen when others are speaking.
  • Allow everyone’s voice to be heard that wants to be heard.