Processing Movement

by | May 21, 2019

Not everyone enjoys spinning, but done as a controlled test the expected outcome is to see a flutter action of the pupil for a 7-10 second duration following the revolutions.

Some children will show no post-rotary which is suggestive of the difficulty brain and body have in processing movement in general.  When you can’t feel movement in a reliable way, it’s scary to move.  Think of walking on a boat when the water is rough.  You can’t be sure how to move, so you may decide it’s too scary to move at all.

We can help a child process movement by giving lots of opportunities to tumble and play and “rough house”.  Even playing on a therapy ball.  Once the child better feels and coordinates movement, they will experience more success with goal-directed activities (like completing chores).  Until then, you’ll notice that it’s “hit or miss” depending on mood, the chore itself, and other variables that may align just right for success or not line-up and chores become crazy hard!

You wouldn’t think playing on a therapy ball and rough-housing would help develop the brain for down the road success at chores, but it will!


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