Are there any alternatives to walkers?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Parenting educator Dr. Rene Hackney talks about alternatives to walkers for children.

    Rene Hackney

    Originally a full-time preschool teacher, Dr. Rene Hackney now holds a Master?s in school psychology and a PhD. in developmental psychology from George Mason University. She trained at the Developmental Clinic at Children?s National Medical Center and for the public schools, teaching in parenting programs at each. She has also acted as a consultant to several area preschools.

    For the last four years, Dr. Hackney has owned and lectured for Parenting Playgroups, Inc, a parenting resource center and preschool classroom in Alexandria Virginia. She has offered workshops to a wide

    range of parent, teacher and social work groups during this time.

    Workshop topics include eight hours on positive discipline techniques, five hours on early academic issues and common issues such as sibling rivalry and potty training. All workshops provide well researched lecture, in-class practice and open discussion time. Additionally she hosts a monthly parenting focused book club and fun play programs to introduce the preschool setting to young families.

    Dr. Hackney is married and has two young children of her own.

    Host: Are the any alternative to walkers?

    Dr. Rene Hackney: Yes, there are they are called an exersaucer and exersaucer are more are stationary. The child is still in that same walker position where they are upright, with their legs down, but when they move their legs, they just spin in a circle rather than moving all-around and gaining that mobility.

    Many parents state that they want their children to learn to walk so, they are going to put them in these walkers, but the studies have shown that children who are in walkers it does not benefit their walking in the next few months, it does not help them to built those muscles; it is just getting them up and mobile before they are ready.