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Strength is basically how strong a child’s muscles are and endurance is how long the child’s muscle can work. 

Muscular strength is the ability to exert force against resistance; endurance is the ability for muscles or a group of muscles to exert force over time.  It takes muscle strength to start an activity; but it takes muscle endurance to continue that activity. Strength and endurance are important to enable children to perform daily activities, such as fine motor skills, gross motor skills, and play activities.  Many children with strength/endurance might have some of the following difficulties:

  1. Late in achieving developmental milestones for sitting, crawling, walking, etc.
  2. Become tired after participating in physical activity for a short period of time.
  3. Difficulty performing movement safely (for example, climbing).
  4. Struggle to get up/down from the floor/ground
  5. Difficulty maintaining posture while sitting on the floor or at a desk/tabletop surface


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