How do I know if my child is struggling to develop their vestibular sense?
A lack of vestibular sense can affect balancing which makes walking long stretches without falling difficult. Children may struggle to know where their feet are and have problems coordinating motions for more complex actions like skipping and running. Riding a bike may prove an impossible feat.
Offering choice. One of the best tools in our toolkit. We get the desired outcome from our perspective and we teach our children to be fluent (fast) and decisive. Again, skills that will better equip them for the real world. Choice offers our children a chance to be the decision maker, and feel in control. What 3 year old doesn't want to be the boss? On the flip side, choice gives us a way to offer this control, while not having to compromise on the desired outcome. It's a win-win. "Do you want to take a bath or a shower?" Either way, they are getting clean.
Swinging has a range of well-known benefits. It requires balance and coordination, using their limbs to move backwards and forwards in the swing. Visual cues and vestibular inputs must be used to maintain balance. It also builds strength, as only by holding a posture and using their muscles can the swing move.
Last but not least: swinging is fun! While it’s great to have additional benefits, part of the joys of being a child is having good, old-fashioned fun. When you are swinging endorphins are rushing through your system; you're learning new skills and developing a feeling of accomplishment. No one leaves a swing without a smile!