Spin Boards and Vestibular Sensory Training

Spin boards (similar concept to Sit ’n Spins) are wonderful tools to address dysregulation in students with sensory processing disorders, autism spectrum disorder, visual motor disorders, and others that effect the Vestibular System (inner ear/balance). Each school will receive a spin board for use by the district’s occupational therapists (OT’s) as they teach students to regulate their own nervous  system and improve their ability to participate in the classroom. The effects of just a few minutes of spinning can last in the neurological system for up to six hours and these simple long-lasting boards will be put to good use for years to come.

Included in this grant is a two-day research-based training in December for two Hopkins OT’s: Astronaut Training: A Sound Activated Vestibular-Visual Protocol, from which they will create an educational video to use for consistent OT training and protocol at each building. The spin boards will be implemented at Gatewood’s Links to Learning program (29 students) and for children up to age three at all schools’ preschool programs.

Awarded Fall 2021
All elementary schools
Submittter: Alyssa Winterfeldt

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