?s about pill balls/ therapy balls

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?s about pill balls/ therapy balls
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Sun, 08-23-2009 - 6:52pm
I notice several of you mention pill balls to help soothe sensory issues. Brushing did NOT work for us, so I'm thinking about trying a pill ball. Which sensory issues are the pill balls used for? What do you find the most effective method of application?
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Caren
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Registered: 09-12-2008
Mon, 08-24-2009 - 8:00am

We use a pill ball!! Gabe loves it. He uses it for many different things. We use it for vestibular motion, "steam" rolling him, bounce time, and to help him develop the hands in front of your face reflex.

For the vestibular motion Gabe sits on the ball like he is riding a horse and rocks side ways. This is very calming for him. The steam roll is when I have him lay on the floor on his tummy and then I put slight pressure on the ball and roll it on him starting at his toes all the way up to his shoulders. Again, very calming. I try to do the steam roll after he does some major jumping around (joint compression). It works best when I do that. Bounce time...is just that...he will bounce on the ball and wiggle all around. For the reflex motion I make him lay across the ball and I roll it back and forth...when I go faster I remind him hands front to stop you. Gabe up until a few months ago would not put his hands down if he fell. He has hit his face many times. Using the ball I think has helped him with this reflex. His neurologist was amazed that he did not have this reflex at all. She picked him up and acted like she was going to drop him on his face....he just fell...never once tried to "catch" himself.

I highly recommend the pill ball...any therapy ball for that matter. You can get a pill ball in the yoga section at Target or walmart.



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Registered: 04-07-2003
Tue, 08-25-2009 - 7:13pm

Hi-
what is a pill ball?

We use a yoga ball and a hippity hop for Kaia's therapy.

Alison

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Tue, 10-13-2009 - 3:56pm
Yes a pill ball is like a yoga ball but in a big pill shape our son loves them!