WHAT IS ROLLING BALL THERAPY?
This is a great exercise that we incorporate into to the child’s Occupational Therapies. This technique can lower stress levels in the child by releasing particular transmitter in the brain. It does this by providing a safe way to apply pressure and send stimulus input to the brain from the gentle force of the therapy ball.
WHY USE ROLLING BALL THERAPY?
For many children with sensory processing issues as well as self regulation, we use rolling ball therapy to stimulate the autonomic nervous system. This activity allows for the therapist or parent to help regulate the child’s heart rate, breathing, and body’s general systems to a more balanced state of arousal. When children's sensory systems are sensitive, this in turn will help the child feel more in control and an over increased sense of calm.
HOW DOES IT DO THIS EXACTLY?
The therapy ball’s movement and pressure creates a soothing response as it lower stress levels in the child. The slight pressure sends a message to the brain with sensory information which also encourages the release of dopamine and norepinephrine, two neurotransmitters in charge of our moods and behavior.
HOW DO I TRY THIS AT HOME?
Simply have your child lay down and roll the ball over their body. This can be done with a gentle but sturdy pressure applied by the parent or therapist. Just by the pressure alone, the child’s sensory sensitivities are able to produce a calming effect on the body.
This exercise is great to use when the child is transitioning from one activity to the next. For example, when the child finished playing outside or any other energetic activity we use the rolling ball immediately following. Especially if the child’s next activity requires more focus and concentration in a calming environment. Give it a try and get their rolling ball out to help send the child’s brain a message that it is time to transition and de stress!
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