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What is the vestibular system?
The Vestibular System system is located within the inner ear. It is physically attached to the cochlea (the part of the ear that senses sound) and, like the cochlea, is fluid-filled and lined with hair-like structures. The structure of the vestibular system is made up of three semicircular canals and two sa- like structures called the saccule and utricle. The entire mechanism is quite small and could sit on a ten pence piece.
An intact vestibular system is necessary for:
The vestibular system is the vestibule, or entry, to the brain. It directly feeds the reticular activating system, the part of the brain that is responsible for maintaining a level of alertness. The vestibular system is also hardwired to coordinate with vision and hearing, to create the synthesis of a triad of input to give one perception of where you are in space.
Signs of Vestibular Dysfunction
There are numerous behaviours one might observe in the classroom that could be indicative of vestibular dysfunction.
Think of these categories:
Strategies that can help :
All children are different so consulting a qualified OT is a must. Below are some strategies that mat help :
Extracted from “You Spin Me Round”: The Vestibular System in the Classroom by Ann Stacey, OTR, and Susan Dykema, OTR