Monday, May 4, 2009

Walking over Poles

Now that we have nice weather I am spending more time outside and able to have the horses walk over poles. This gives the child some up and down vestibular stimulation. I am teaching the children to post or maintain a half seat position as the horse walks over the pole. This activity seems to help them to visually attend since they are trying to go up at just the right time. The kids find the idea of "jumping over poles" very exciting. They actually aren't jumping, we are all walking, but it sounds cool. Maybe some of them will learn to do this at the trot.

Barbara Smith, M.S., OTR/L author of, The Recycling Occupational Therapist

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