Fun on the Wobble Board
Theoretically most balance exercises that can be done on A Balance Board can also be performed on a wobble board. Below are some simple exercises that are unique to a wobble board or more fun on a wobble board.
The first one is to stand on the wobble board and try to keep the complete circular edge from touching the ground. If the bottom of the wobble board is mostly round like a ball, this will be very difficult to do. It will be easy to do if the participant holds on to something but nearly impossible to do longer than 3 seconds if the participant does not hold on to something. Just trying to do it, is sufficient enough to help the brain develop.
Another exercise is to get on the wobble board and systematically get the wobble board to make contact with the floor at the edge of the wobble board and then move the wobble board so it touches the floor in a circular manner. When the participant has gone around 360 degrees, the participant can do the same thing going in the opposite direction.
The next exercise involves the use of a marble or small ball. Put the marble at the center of the wobble board and the participant attempts to keep the marble or small ball on the wobble board as long as possible.
An advanced technique with the wobble board is to have the participant learn to juggle three balls. Juggling is a great skill to learn for individuals with learning disabilities. After juggling has been learned, the participant can practice juggling on the wobble board. This will effect several areas of the brain simultaneously.
Exercise:Fun on a Wobble Board.
Time: about 5 to 10 minutes.
Recommended Frequency: once or twice a day, 5 or 6 days a week. Balance work should be included in almost all neurodevelopmental programs.
Pretest Assessment: participant has poor balance as compared to other age peers. They may also have poor reading skills.
Mastery: Participant has great balance skills (as compared with same age peers) and can read and write well.
Additional comments: It is easy to be creative to develop exercises for the wobble board. You may wish to review videos from www.youtube.com for inspiration. A good balance exercise is one that is tailor made for the participants that combines a needed skill (e.g., eye tracking), and is fun. To prevent boredom, have several activities to do on the wobble board. The same exercises that work for the balance board, can be beneficial on a wobble board.
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