Children with gravitational insecurity typically respond to movement activities by overreacting emotionally. Why? Their vestibular system is not functioning properly. These kids are extremely afraid of heights, falling, and they resist having their feet leave the ground. For this reason, children with gravitational insecurity children prefer to stay low to the ground. They are typically lying down or sitting and doing their best to avoid movement.
How can I help my gravitationally insecure child?
- It may be helpful to physically guide your child during play activities such as climbing, sliding and swinging. You can swing with your child in your lap, and this might provide just enough security to prevent a fearful response.
- Encourage your child to participate in climbing, crawling, and jumping activities that are within his comfort zone.
- Demonstrate movement activities such as this for your child, “watch me to this, or do it just it the way I do this.”
- Introduce new movement activities gradually and a little bit at a time.
- Encourage water play in the pool that includes movements such as twirling, jumping, and flipping. The water might make your child feel more secure.
- If your child has extreme responses to movement, I recommend pursuing occupational or physical therapy.
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