Does your child trip most of the time? Do you think he/she bumps into things more often? And does he/she hold the pencil in an awkward manner?
If you said “YES” to these questions, there is a huge possibility that he/she has developmental issues with balance and coordination.
Balance is when your body is able to share an even distribution of weight and energy all throughout the body to be able to properly work on both static (i.e. sitting upright) and dynamic (i.e. walking, running) activities. Coordination is the effective, simultaneous functioning of the brain and the body.
Delays on balance and coordination can occur early on in life and result to a child not being able to catch a ball, hold an object (i.e. pencil, scissor) properly and firmly, and walk rightly as well.
Chances are, he or she will be exhausted out from exerting too much energy in carrying out daily tasks (i.e. writing). Others could be covered in bruises from tripping and bumping into things.
But did you know that the ear is largely responsible for balance and coordination?
Yes, that’s right! Remarkably, a part of the inner ear, that is, the vestibular nerve is responsible for balance, motor skills, and coordination. This nerve is responsible for relaying information to several parts of the brain and the rest of the body.
Immaturity or imbalance of the vestibular nerves can affect your overall functionality. Hence, it is very important to resolve issues with balance and coordination to improve one’s quality of life.