Have you every considered incorporating balance and vestibular activities into your lesson plans? The result of calm, regulated and eager learners will certainly inspire you to add more activities. Give it a go and include a focus on balance and the vestibular system within lesson plans at school or during study time at home.
“The vestibular system detects movement of the head and the pull of gravity. The sensory information is received through the inner ear and then interpreted in the brain. This system governs your balance and tells you whether you are right side up or upside down. Children who have under-responsive vestibular systems seem to want to be constantly on the move, spinning, jumping and running. Children who have over-responsive vestibular systems are scared of swings, elevators, movement, maybe a baby cries when you lay them down.” – Britt Collins, M.S., OTR/L in Vestibular Activities and How to Use them Appropriately
Bounce on a [easyazon-link asin=”B000BPN3JO” locale=”us”]hippity hop ball[/easyazon-link] or [easyazon-link asin=”B000XKIBZ8″ locale=”us”]therapy ball[/easyazon-link] as you recite a poem to the rhythm of the bounce. Exercise Balls: What to Do with Them?
[easyazon-link asin=”B000BKHYNU” locale=”us”]Swing[/easyazon-link] high as you recite any list with each pump – times tables, ABC’s, presidents, states, you name it! Too Cold Outside to Swing? Warm Up with a Yoga Sequence
Enjoy a [easyazon-link asin=”B003O86DGU” locale=”us”]see-saw[/easyazon-link] ride as you give a quiz. When you’re pushing up, you ask a question, on the way back down, your partner answers it. After ten questions, switch roles.
Jump on a [easyazon-link asin=”B000067Q0P” locale=”us”]trampoline[/easyazon-link] as you listen to a classical music composition or a book on tape. The Sensory “Ups” of Trampolines
Hop over a [easyazon-link asin=”B0016BQFU6″ locale=”us”]jump rope[/easyazon-link] or a [easyazon-link asin=”B000ID32VI” locale=”us”]Skip It[/easyazon-link] as you offer definitions or spellings for words.
Stand on a [easyazon-link asin=”B001RIW42G” locale=”us”]balance board[/easyazon-link] as you give an oral report or narration. Sensory Strategies for Under-Responders
Walk up and down stairs while listening to a learning CD.
Skip around the house between each chapter read (or after every few pages.) Beating Dyspraxia with a Hop, Skip and a Jump
[easyazon-link asin=”B000GW35EK” locale=”us”]Roller-skate[/easyazon-link] or [easyazon-link asin=”B003XI9N5O” locale=”us”]roller-blade[/easyazon-link] while discussing some new concepts or planning a project. 20 Ways to Stay Active
Balance on one foot while creating some modern art at an [easyazon-link asin=”B002JCS5JA” locale=”us”]easel[/easyazon-link]. Sensory Integration Experiences through Art
[easyazon-link asin=”B001RPS87E” locale=”us”]Scooter Board[/easyazon-link] down the sidewalk estimated distances and then measure to see how close you got. Scooter Boards: Vestibular and Proprioceptive Input
Reflect on your day while trying out some yoga poses or stretching. Three Yoga Poses for Balanced Body and Mind