Hesperian Health Guides
Aids for Balancing and Body Control
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Activities for improving balance are discussed in "Helping improve balance" and "Activities for Standing, Walking, and Balance". Here we bring together a few of the aids for balancing that are shown in different parts of this book, together with a few new ones.
A wider rocker works better.
|An upright stick can be used at first to help her keep her balance.||
||padding to avoid injury|
|A balance board like this rocks less smoothly because the center rocker is so narrow.|
|For the child whose ankles bend in,||walking on a log helps bend the ankles outward.||Or the child can walk on slanting boards, like this.||For the child whose ankles bend outward,||walking on boards like this helps bend the ankles inward.|
|To improve balance also see swings, rocking horses and merry-go-rounds.|