Vestibular sensory input is a powerful tool in helping children with sensory needs. Adding a few vestibular activities to the day allows for long-lasting effects. Every individual requires vestibular sensory input in natural development. In fact, as infants, we are exposed to vestibular input that promotes a natural and healthy development and integration of all systems.
These sensory vestibular activities are playful ways to promote performance and tolerance to movement activities. They are also challenges against gravity to help kids with difficulties in equilibrium, balance, self-regulation, and adjusting to typical sensory input.
Add these resources to the ones you can find here under sensory diet vestibular activities to meet the sensory needs of all kids.
What is the vestibular system?
These receptors are actually hair cells that are found in two structures in the inner ear:
Receptors on the Otolith organs respond to linear movement, gravity, and head tilt
Receptors on the semicircular canals respond to angular movement of the head and quick movement changes.
These receptors provide information to the central nervous system about the body’s position in space and project information to several areas:
Cerebellum– Information received in the cerebellum is used to control posture, eye, and head movements.
Oculomotor nuclei– Information received here help to correct the eyes with head and body movements.
Spinal cord– Information received here helps with muscle tone and postural adjustments.
Thalamus and cortex– Information received here helps with perception of motion and spatial orientation and integrates somatosensory information.
These might be considered red flags of vestibular processing problems:
Vestibular Activity Movements:
Precautions for Vestibular Sensory Input