On top

A child who has a on top schema likes to climb on top of objects and furniture. This includes being the highest in the environment.

A child who has an on top schema may:

  • Climb on top of furniture and items that maybe they shouldn’t.
  • Try to climb on top of anything, even if not safe to reach the highest point.
  • Likes to be above ground level.
  • Puts items on top of other items.

If a child shows they may have an on top schema parents/carers may like to provide:

  • Safe climbing equipment inside and outside.
  • Go for walks or visits to the park to develop this on top schema, but using larger equipment for climbing.
  • Allow children to access steps safely.
  • Provide something safe for children to be higher on.


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