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Self-regulation resources and training to support children’s mental health

Relax Kids and Vestibular Activities

The vestibular system, in a sensory system that creates the sense of balance , good posture and spatial orientation.

In Relax Kids classes, we stimulate the vestibular system in both the MOVE section and the STRETCH section where we encourage children to stretch and balance. 

Relax Kids have always believed that vestibular movements such as dancing, crawling and rocking are important in the relaxation process of helping children self-regulate and get a feeling of calm in their body.

Movement helps children unwind, de-stress which in turn can improve their emotional resilience. By integrating activities such as rocking, swinging, or balance exercises, children can burn off any excess energy and get ready to calm down and relax.

Occupational Therapists use Vestibular Movements to help children who have an over responsive or under responsive Vestibular system.

A child that has an over responsive movement system may:

* Be fearful of playing and moving especially using playground or gym equipment 

* Suffer from travel sickness 

* Struggle when their head is in a different position 

* Not want to travel on  escalators or lifts

Help children with an over responsive movement system by not forcing them to travel in a lift or elevator and let them take the stairs. Give them a toy to squeeze when travelling and encourage them to look out of the window. Give them options of movements they enjoy.

A child that has an under responsive movement system may:

* Appear hyperactive and be constantly moving

* Move or use fidget toys to help them concentrate 

* Be fearless with movement and take risks

Help children with an under responsive movement system by encouraging them to move as much as possible, especially outside. Encourage them to develop skills as they move such as skipping and jumping (hop scotch). Give them a wobble board or inflatable cushion to sit on so they can keep moving.  Encourage relaxation breaks in between the movement. 

Find out more about Relax Kids classes and our online classes here