The vestibular system is located within the inner ear and responds to movement and gravity. This contributes to the development of balance, equilibrium, postural control, muscle tone, maintaining a stable visual field while you are moving, and bilateral coordination. This system can also be related to difficulties with attention, organization of behavior, communication, and modulation of arousal level. The input involves movement of the head through space in all directions. When we see children who need more than one type of input, we come up with wants to provide the child with a multisensory approach to therapy.
This child not only needs vestibular input from the rotation of the scooter board, but also needs proprioceptive input from the hoop pulling on her arms. This activity also addresses core strength to remain sitting up right and upper body strength to hold onto the hoop. Proprioceptive input gives us an awareness of body position. It is proprioception that makes it possible for a person to skillfully guide his arm or leg movements without having to observe every action. By addressing both systems at the same time, we are able to provide the child with the calming and/or alerting input that is needed for them to function throughout the day.
Therefore, it is important to focus on the child and what exactly will work for them. This type of input may not work for each child, however, activities like this can allow this child to receive the input they are seeking for them to function in everyday activities. Here are some other examples to do in the home to allow the child to receive the input they are needing:
1. Tumbling activities such as somersaults.
2. Dance or movement activities.
3. Bouncing on Hippity Hop or bouncing through an obstacle course on a Hippity Hop.
4. Upside down positions such as hanging from knees on a trapeze or jungle gym.
5. Roller skating/Ice Skating.
7. Rolling in different ways such as in or on a barrel, tire, or old blanket or down a hill on grass.
8. Rocking activities such as rocking chair or rocking horse.
9. Slip and Slide.
10. Have the child lying on a scooter board or skateboard. Have him hold onto a rope or hula-hoop and pull him, or have him propel himself using hands.
11. Children’s commercial ride equipment such as can be found outside a grocery store.
12. Bike Riding.
13. Being spun around like an airplane, cartwheels, dancing.
14. Horseback rides.
15. Move-n-Sit cushions.
16..Therapy balls/exercise balls/T-stools or backless chairs with feet reaching the floor – sitting or in prone when watching TV or during tabletop tasks.
17. Wagon rides, sliding down a hill on cardboard.
20.Spinning on an office chair.
21..Swing on a hammock