Visual and Vestibular Training
Visual and vestibular training is a critical technique used in pediatric physiotherapy and kinesiology to enhance children's balance, coordination, and movement. The visual and vestibular systems work together to maintain balance and spatial awareness. A pediatric therapist may use various exercises and activities that challenge the child's ability to integrate visual and vestibular information to train these systems.
Visual training exercises include:
- Tracking moving objects.
- Focusing on targets at varying distances.
- Practicing eye-hand coordination tasks.
On the other hand, vestibular training exercises may involve:
- Standing on an unstable surface.
- Performing balance tasks with head movements.
- Spinning exercises to stimulate the vestibular system.
Visual and vestibular training can be especially beneficial for children with neurological and neuromuscular conditions that can affect the functioning of the visual and vestibular systems and contribute to balance and coordination difficulties. By improving these areas, visual and vestibular training can help enhance children's spatial awareness, postural control, and motor planning. This can help children participate more fully in daily activities and improve their quality of life.
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