Sensory - Movement

Movement (Vestibular) (Hypersensitive)

 

  • Dislikes movement activities.

  • Struggles with sport due to finding the movement difficult.

  • May have travel sickness.

  • Becomes emotional with unexpected movement.

  • Feels dizzy and sick from simple movement.

  • Likes to be sitting or have feet on ground at all times.

  • Struggles to stop quickly.

  • May struggle with balance.

  • Hates having head backwards or upside down.

 

Support

 

  • Practice balance activities.

  • May need to use stairs instead of lifts (feel connection to ground).

  • Encourage development of Vestibular (Movement) System by swinging, see-saws, bouncing on a trampoline etc.  Begin gently to build up tolerance.  If they begin to feel dizzy or sick, stop the activity.

  • Provide enough movement but not too much.  Set time limits so that they don’t become over-stimulated.

 

Movement (Vestibular) (Hyposensitive)

 

  • Enjoys movement activities such as rocking, spinning, swinging.

  • Active, always moving to gain sensory input.

  • Enjoys climbing, falling.

  • Makes impulsive movement without regard for safety.

  • Doesn’t feel dizzy.

  • Has problems sitting still.

 

Support

 

  • Encourage development of Vestibular (Movement) System by swinging, see-saws, bouncing on a trampoline etc.

  • Allow movement breaks so they can release some energy.

  • Provide enough movement but not too much.  Set time limits so that they don’t become over-stimulated.

  • Get them to sit on an exercise ball, wiggle cushion, sensory wedge to provide sensory input when trying to concentrate.

  • Use fidget toys, stress balls which may help with concentration.

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