Spin & Twist

People with additional or specialized sensory needs, such as the sensory seekers or stimulation avoiders, or people on the autism spectrum and others who need to spin, rock, and bounce are usually trying to stimulate or regulate their vestibular system, or their inner ear. The inner ear helps with balance, and it also helps the body know when it is moving and how fast it is moving. Any movement activity will engage the vestibular system, and vestibular activities can be both stimulating for the under-responsive child and calming for the over-responsive or sensory seeking child.