Our sense of balance is determined by a complex system controls viz the vestibular sight, and other sensory sensations. the vestibular system detects our orientation to gravity and our movement through space even in the dark. The vestibular system helps us maintain our equilibrium while we walk, spin, rock, run, bend or swing. Additional vestibular system functions include assistance to control muscle tone, and language. Shifting head positions, weight, and using both sides of body leads to a better development of vestibular system.
Kids with overactive vestibular systems prefer slow movement, avoid tasks such as climbing, jumping precisely they avoid activities that require good balance and fast movement. They are fearful of falling, going up and down and being tipped upside down. On the contrary children who have under Sensitive vestibular sense enjoy fast motions and are always in the state of motion like jumping, running and are always moving.
Intervention of the therapist is very important in these cases. They suggest activities which will help child’s brains organize and process information more efficiently and effectively by stimulating the vestibular system. This prevents them from falling, keeping body properly aligned, grounded and contribute to coordinated balance & movement.