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ok so I have sensory seekers, and my brother was a bigtime sensory seeker when he was little. Something I have noticed and wondered about a lot is... are we creating super humans??<br><br>
My 2.5 year old DS "Works out" doing heavy work or heavy crazy cardio for I would say 25-45% of his awake time. If I did as much working out as he does, I would look like Hercules.<br><br>
We have them wearing weighted vests, pushing around heavy blocks/balls, crashing into things, breaking out of constrictive equipment, etc etc. I just have to wonder, does it have a measurable effect on their stamina and strength? It must. I know child biology has much more firm limits for muscle development (i.e. you can't build a lot of muscle till after puberty), but I wonder if our kids are going to push the limit.<br><br>
My brother, when he was 4 could run at least a mile in a sprint because of his sensory seeking constant movement (he even called it "Training"). He could also lift full size bicycles and big dog food bags and other large objects with ease. He currently does not focus his strength anymore (he is 11), but you can see in his build that he is very physically strong, much stronger than the other kids his age. I am wondering if it was because he was a seeker, or just a coincidence.<br><br>
It is hard to test the strength of a little kid safely and without crossing some kind of boundary, but I think it's interesting to think about, especially since my DS seems to be on the same path.
 

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DH jokes that we should have plunked DS down in front of the tv instead of letting him build up his stamina. DS can definitely walk farther, run faster, lift heavier objects than his peers. I actually forget sometimes that he is unusual in this regard until I see him running circles around some kid his age. Sounds like your brother and son are even more this way than my kiddo.
 

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my ds is a sensory seeker, but aside from maybe producing a thicker skull than most kids, I don't see how his head banging would ever qualify him as a super human kid. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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dh and I were watching in awe last weekend as ds (6) did one-handed pushups. it's wonderful to see him so strong and untiring now, because until after he did a bunch of OT over the past year and a half, his vestibular insecurity meant he wouldn't seek out the input he needed -- he'd lie on the couch instead. now he can really give his body and brain what they need.
 

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Very interesting thought. My daughter is my seeker (son is the avoider) and she is pretty darned strong even with some slight muscle tone issues. At two she picked the gallon of milk up off of the floor and brought it to me (I had just put the groceries right inside the door from the car, I don't usually store the milk on the floor hehe). When she has her meltdowns her strength surprises the heck out of me - but then again all kids are pretty strong in situations like that.
 

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Maybe you're on to something! Mark is a huge sensory seeker, and is in constant motion. He's not so much into carrying heavy things as he is into running, jumping, swinging, etc. I've already noticed he's nearly as strong as his 6 yo brother when it comes to carrying grocery bags to the house and hauling his heavy toys around. His endurance is also impressive - he can run without stopping for over 15 minutes.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Very interesting thought. My daughter is my seeker (son is the avoider) and she is pretty darned strong even with some slight muscle tone issues. At two she picked the gallon of milk up off of the floor and brought it to me (I had just put the groceries right inside the door from the car, I don't usually store the milk on the floor hehe). When she has her meltdowns her strength surprises the heck out of me - but then again all kids are pretty strong in situations like that.</div>
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ds is like this, but he has enough strength to push me AND his dad away when we are holding him down to brush his teeth. But he will carry the grocheries around for us, he loves carrying the grocheries.
 
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