With summer upon us, the OT’s want to share some fun activities involving Maps. To encourage your child to better understand themselves and their environment.
Body Mapping Game: increasing your child’s awareness of their body.
1. First, get a long sheet of white paper, and have your child trace your body. If this is too challenging you can help your child trace a sibling or doll.
2. Have your child label where each body part should be. You can start by labeling one side and have them label the other side.
3. To continue the game, have your child talk about the purpose of each body
This month we will explain what the vestibular system is and how you can begin to examine how your child processes information through this system. We will also provide specific activity ideas for you to incorporate in your routines that address your child’s vestibular needs.
So what is the vestibular system?
• It is a less commonly known sensory system that lets your child take in and process the world around them.
• In general, it provides information that lets your body know where your head is within space.
• It is made up of structures within the inner ear (semi-circular canals) that detect changes in position and movement of the head.
• The vestibular system is associated with balance, posture, body awareness, attention, arousal, and motor coordination.
• Activities that involve this system include rollercoasters, surfing, going upside down, or simply tilting your head back and forth. The vestibular system is also at work during accelerating and decelerating movements.
• Dysfunction within the vestibular system can manifest in different ways for each child.
• Children who are oversensitive to vestibular input may have fearful reactions to ordinary movement activities such as swings, slides, ramps, inclines, stairs, and uneven surfaces. …
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March’s movement is…
Low to high kneel!
How to low kneel: In kneeling, the child sits back on feet. The arms can rest on lap or sides.
Transition from low kneel to high kneel: From low kneel, child squeezes glute muscles to bring hips up and forward into an upright position.
Why kneeling is important: Kneeling provides sensory integration via tactile input from the points of contact with the floor; improves body/spatial awareness; aids in the development of controlled mobility/stability; initiates weight acceptance through the pelvis; and activates & strengthens abdominal, back, and leg muscles. …