Spinning Sensory Wave Seat
Spinning is a form of “vestibular input”. Vestibular input helps with your child’s balance and confidence when moving around their environment. Spinning can be alerting to kids and will help wake up their nervous system.
Activity: Spin your child ten times, stop and count to 5, then spin ten times in the opposite direction. If your child gets dizzy easy or is scared of spinning, do not force him or her! Ask your child if you can slowly spin them, or spin with them!
Caregivers provide quality vestibular input on the playground. Families can utilize the seat by spinning the child in both clockwise and counterclockwise directions in order to specifically activate the horizontal canals. Try to have the child slightly tuck their chin and look down. Work your way up to 10 spins in both CW and CCW at 2 seconds per spin then play around with how fast or slow you go. This is especially beneficial for kids who have sensory integration/processing issues.
Language & Cognition Activities
While your child is playing on this equipment, you can model words such as “spin”, “sit down”, “hold on”, “fast/slow”, “left/right”, “dizzy”, “around and around”, “more”, “stop/go”.
If your child is non-verbal, you can model signs or gestures to elicit a request.
You can target cooperative play by having the children take turns in the seat or pushing. Spinning can also be used as a reinforcement for targeting other skills (spelling words, addition/subtraction skills, letter/sound association).