Vestibular (Balance)

The vestibular system is located in our inner ears. It helps to regulate our sense of balance and body control. When it isn’t working typically, autistic people can be seriously affected. It can impede their understanding of what is happening to them and the world around them.

Over sensitive

A debilitating response to motion, typically in the form of motion sickness. This can be particularly difficult for an autistic person to bear if they don’t know what is causing the nausea and can’t express their feelings. This sensation varies from person to person so it may be difficult to determine the cause of the anxiety.

TIPS TO REDUCE ANXIETY Repetitive actions like mild rocking or swinging can help calm an over-stimulated vestibular system by gently controlling the movement – this can also build a tolerance. Yoga poses may help.
Sitting still on the floor can also help.

Under responsive

A need to seek out experiences to boost body movement. Without this additional movement, the balance a person feels comfortable with may not be achievable. This may appear as hyperactivity, a desire to be on the move all the time, to eagerly accept experiences like fairground rides, swings, rough and tumble or gymnastics. All of these activities will stimulate the senses.

TIPS TO REDUCE ANXIETY All types of movement can help…
Dancing, climbing, riding a bike, swimming, even using a ball chair or wiggle cushion for seated activities.

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