The other night Shad and I were out walking/running the new dog...pictures to come... and I took these beautiful pictures. It was amazing!
What else was amazing is one of my neighbors saw me and then sent me a message the next day to tell me that she had spotted a Florida panther down by the river less than a mile from my house and only about a quarter mile from where I was walking!!!! WOW! At least I enjoyed the night!!!
The Power of Vestibular input
Key Points on Vestibular Input and How to Make a Difference
- Everyone should have the opportunity to get up and move every 15 minutes. Even just a quick stretch is beneficial.
- Inverting the head is very powerful and an excellent tool for a quick dose of vestibular input.
- Fifteen minutes of swinging can have a 6-8 hour effect on the brain.
- There are 3 vestibules, all which detect and process different planes and directions of movement: back and forth, side to side, rotary, diagonal, and vertical input. It is important to incorporate all of these planes of movement, but allow rotary input only in controlled doses.
- Vertical vestibular input (bouncing and jumping) is typically the most accepted form of vestibular input and is very regulating and organizing since it also involves a great deal of proprioception.
- Whenever possible, offer options besides sitting in a chair…lying on the floor propped on elbows, standing on a balance board, standing on a BOSU ball, sitting on a ball chair or T-stool, etc.
- Spinning needs to be limited and supervised. This can be very disorganizing for the brain and can cause delayed sensory overload and dysregulation. Monitor spinning and limit to one revolution per second and a maximum of 10 revolutions, then switch directions. This is referring to single point axis spinning.
- Respect a child’s reaction to vestibular input as it can be very powerful and cause a systemic reaction such as nausea, a headache, flushing of the skin, and even a low grade fever. Stop means stop if the child has had enough. Watch closely for signs of sensory overload, especially if the child is unable to verbally communicate.