Most Popular Vestibular Activities for Autistic Kids

It’s extremely important to be cautious when starting new vestibular activities, for some children with ASD may respond adversely to sensory input. It’s recommended to seek advice from an occupational therapist before initiating vestibular activities. Signs that a child is overresponsive to movement input are:
  • Shows a strong preference for sedentary activities.
  • Is either reluctant or refuses to engage in movement activities.
  • Ceases to engage in movement activities rather too soon.
  • Complains of nausea or headaches coming on during or after movement activities.
  • You notice physiological signs of anxiety during movement activity such as eyes dilating, sweating, cheeks paling, etc.
Never under any circumstance insist that your child continue to engage in movement activities that s/he clearly refuses to participate. Here is my list of highly popular vestibular activities:
  1.  Cardiovascular activity such as walking, jogging, running, and swimming.
  2.  Bilateral activities like cycling.
  3.  Core stability activities such as sit-ups and press-ups.
  4.  Dancing for developing better balance.
  5.  Figure of 8 walks.
  6.  Standing on a balance board.
  7.  Spinning on a stool that rotates.
  8.  Sitting on an exercise ball.
  9.  Jumping on a trampoline.
  10.  Swinging on swings.
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