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Vestibular Sensory System

• Pertains to sensory input from the inner ear related to movement and balance.
• It has to do with the direction and speed
• It gives us a sense of security and ties us to the ground.
• It registers every change in head position even the subtle ones
• How many of you have ever been dizzy, or maybe I should ask how many have never been dizzy? I think we all have.
• Think about how it made you feel.
19. Hypersensitive vestibular system
• Also called “gravitationally insecure”.
• A child with an over sensitive vestibular system:
o does not like to climb
o does not like to swing
o in general, does not like to ride in wagons or on any wheeled toys
o Only wants movement when he/she is in control
• Example Zoe, the little girl in the picture on the ride-on-toy
20. Interventions

• Protect them from sudden movements that they are not prepared for


o Other children
• Let them be in control at first
• Slowly introduce the movements:
o providing security;
 deep pressure such as the lap buddy
 friend as appropriate
o providing distractions; favorite toy
o work on other movement activities with feet on the ground,
 running,
 jumping
o providing repetition
• Hold them securely for the motion until they do not need it
• Example

Hyposensitive vestibular system

• You can identify a child who is hyposensitive because she Craves movement and does not get dizzy when spinning
o Running
o Spinning
o Rocking
o Being upside down
• They Lacks awareness of danger, especially when climbing.
• Have poor posture
• Decreased muscle tone
• Difficulty with coordination.



• To help the child who is under-sensitive, who craves movement, you can:
• Provide opportunities for:
o swinging,
o spinning
o rhythmic activities.
• Provide vigorous physical activity such as jumping before tasks that require concentration.
• Provide safe outlets for physical activity such as climbing
• Provide a rocking chair for activities that require sitting.
• Provide stimulation through physical activity intermittently through the day:
o Start with fifteen minutes of work and five minutes of physical activity for the young one.
o For the 3-7th grades moving between classes
 build in activity, such as hopping to class
 switch it up, stomping, skipping,
o For 8-12 require them to go the longest way to class,
 dribble a basketball to class
• All ages do a controlled class movement break

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