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Does anyone have any suggestions for helping me help DS when it comes to balance? He's almost 14 months old now and still topples over on occasion when sitting. When kneeling or "standing" against the couch for example, his difficulty balancing is even more apparent. He just kind of wobbles and gyrates around and falls after a few seconds if I'm not helping him. I wish I could give him part of my cerebellum! Really, I wish I could do just about anything to help him know what it feels like to balance. I often think about him when I'm doing yoga and am in balance poses. I'm supposed to be relaxing and taking care of myself, but I am still always thinking of him. Anyway . . .<br><br>
From what I have read he is too young to do hippotherapy at this point. Also, I am highly allergic to horses (this is the only allergy I have), so I don't think it would work out anyway. I have a reaction if I go near someone who has just been on a horse. It's bad.<br><br>
What about swimming or being in the water? He loves the water.<br><br>
What about an indoor swing at our house? Has anyone ever set up something in their home? I know the authentic therapy ones are so pricey. DH is fairly handy when it comes to these things but he needs some direction/instruction. I saw that Ikea has some kind of an indoor swing but I haven't checked it out yet in person. Other swinging suggestions? I know Haba makes an AiryFairy swing too but it is not cheap.<br><br>
I also try to work with him on the exercise ball we have, but DD usually tries to push the ball when her brother is on it. Also, I have problems with tendinitis in my wrists and arthritis in my hands, so it is somewhat difficult for me to hold him on the ball. I know I need to do this more however.<br><br>
What about a balance board or something similar for a young child like this who still has difficulty sitting? I guess that wouldn't work out well, huh?<br><br>
And does anyone know if he needs side to side and back and forth motion? What kind of movement am I going for?<br><br>
We do a dance class with him once a week and he goes to PT once a week as well. BUT I WANT TO DO MORE! It is so difficult watching him struggle, and still fall. HE IS GOING TO WALK SOME DAY. I believe this fervently. I just don't know how we are going to get there yet . . . it seems so far to go.
 

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we have one of these: <a href="http://www.everythingfitness.com/st-wb-06.html" target="_blank">http://www.everythingfitness.com/st-wb-06.html</a> that we got at a sporting goods store. our kids try to stand on it, and we play games where they sit in the middle and we wobble it around while they try to stay on. lots of fun. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
our ds was so wobbly at that age too. dd has been walking smoothly since 9 months and it is just increadible for us to witness. haha
 

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We have an Ikea swing. It's awesome! DS loves it, and I have noticed it helps w/ transistions. It was 50 bucks, Canadian (is there a difference now?). I also used to put him in between my legs and basically knock him over and catch him. Very gently, of course!<br><br>
Lots of side-to-side, and back and front. Basically, you want to train other parts of the brain to take over for balancing (in our case, anyway), so repetitive motions are great. If you can get a standing frame, it really helped DS.
 

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My dd2 also has balance issues and her OT is working with her a lot on a platform swing as well as on an exercise ball. We've seen vast improvement.
 
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