Adjustment to everyday life for balance and movement or vestibular challenges

What can I do?; Sensory Adjustments

Oversensitive -- Undersensitive

Balance / Movement
Activity Overreactive   Avoider
Dress Place clothing at chest level in drawers and shelves.   Gather clothing for child to dress in one place.
Eat Create a single seating arrangement.   Select an assigned seat, with minimal passing.
Play Create predictable patterns for movement play.   Honor quiet play. Make toys easily accessible.
Going Out Create typical rituals for moving child in and out of seating, stroller, and car.   Use stroller with upright sitting position.
Bath Pick one stable position for bath.   Pick one position and stick with it, no bending over or reaching. 
Sleep Use repetitive movements for calming, like rocking and slowly swaying.   Create exact ritual for getting into bed.

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Balance / Movement
Activity Underreactive   Seeking
Dress Place items in distant spaces so child moves around while dressing.   Place clothing items in different places to increase opportunities for moving.
Eat Have child carry utensils and items to table.   Have child help with setting the table.
Play Place favorite toys in harder to get places.   Place favorite toys in places to increase climbing, crawling, etc.
Put toys away one at a time
Going Out Be extra aware of safety when the child is moving about, because child may not notice objects, stairs, and changes in terrain.   Select errands that require moving about, like walking in aisles.
Bath Place bath objects and toys out of easy reach.   Place bath objects and toys out of easy reach.
Sleep Jostle child and pick up to vertical position.   Incorporate a rocking or swaying sequence into bedtime routine.

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