10 Ways to Use an Exercise Ball To Improve Developmental Skills [Pediatric Therapy, Pediatric Physical Therapy, Core Exercises for Kids, Yoga for Kids]
Your child may or may not be currently attending therapy in order to assist them in reach important steps in their developmental skills. Whether they are or not you may still be concerned your child is not reaching these skills, will continue to reach them, and will perform their best in their age expected activities of daily living. Researching equipment to purchase that is specific to the developmental concerns you have for your child can be confusing, expensive, or hard to obtain. What if someone told you all you need is an exercise ball?! This may not always be all you need, but you can certainly do many things with it to improve your child’s development.
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10 Ways to Use an Exercise Ball To Improve Developmental Skills
Below are 10 ways to use an exercise ball to improve your child’s developmental skills.
- While your child is seated on the exercise ball, move it from side to side and forward and back to have them work on their balance
- Have your child do quick bounces on the exercise ball seated to improve their muscle tone for posture
- Have your child squish the ball against the wall and switch from belly to back for proprioceptive sensory input
- Have your child do slow, heavy bounces on the exercise ball seated to give them vestibular and proprioceptive sensory input
- Have your child lay on their back on the ball and pull to seated, while you hold the ball for balance, like crunches to improve core strength
- Have your child lay on their belly over the ball and catch their hands to the floor to bear weight onto their hands to improve their hand arch strength
- Have you child lay on their belly over the ball and walk their hands out to improve their core strength
- “Squish” your child with the ball while they lay on the floor on their belly for calming sensory input and to improve body awareness
- Bounce the ball back and forth with your child for coordination
- Have your child use the ball as a chair to improve their attention when seated for tasks requiring focus
Did You Know That ...
... yoga is also a great way to build your child's core muscles? Please check out our guide on yoga poses that helps kids to de-stress and focus (GREAT resource for school too!):
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