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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Spinning

Vestibular stimulation is the when the nerve that maintains balance receives input. This can be in the form of bouncing, swinging, rocking, swimming, rolling, etc. And spinning.

I haven't been able to spin since I was in my early 20's. But Angela? Now this girl likes to spin. Axel likes to spin too, but not the same way Angela does. I knew Angela was a spinner, but I didn't realize just how much her vestibular system needs this kind of input!

If you are not as spinner, this may be difficult for you to watch. (I can barely watch it myself!) What is interesting to me is Angela carries on a conversation while she's spinning, even though she should be out of breath and ...you know...dizzy!!! I don't have video of it, but after spinning for nearly 10 minutes she stands up and walks away like she hadn't just been spinning! Oh, and she changed her name to Cody. ;-) about 3/4 through the video she gets going *really* fast.

(this is not wood floor she's on. It's a mat, so don't worry about her hands!)



6 comments:

Stephanie said...

Owen is a HUGE spinner......he can go for as long as he wants unless someone (i.e. ME) stops him. He never gets dizzy nor is he out of breath. He doesn't converse (but that's because he's non-verbal anyway), but he does laugh and laugh and laugh like a crazy man. I get sick just watching him spin--I could never do it with my vertigo! Owen and Angela would have a blast spinning all night long.

Leah Spring said...

Stephanie, Once we get through these surgeries and stuff you'll have to bring Owen over for some playtime!

Toni said...

Barffffffffff. I don't know how she does that!

I Just Love You said...

we've noticed this with Rachel when her and Charlie spin around dancing... he's gets dizzy and tips easily, Rachel does not. it's so strange!

I Just Love You said...

we've noticed this with Rachel when her and Charlie spin around dancing... he's gets dizzy and tips easily, Rachel does not. it's so strange!

Kathi said...

Angela might like a Dizzy Disc. I have a spinner too and she uses that thing almost every single day!