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Aids for Balancing and Body Control

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HealthWiki > Disabled Village Children > Chapter 62: Developmental Aids > Aids for Balancing and Body Control

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.

Exercing small child on a horizontally extended barrel.
An old drum or barrel makes a good ‘roll’ for exercise and positioning.


Boy on balancing board helped by woman.
Boy sitting on a rocker made of a board attached to a portion of tire.
A wider rocker works better.
An upright stick can be used at first to help her keep her balance.
Girl standing on balancing board with pole.
padding to avoid injury
A balance board like this rocks less smoothly because the center rocker is so narrow.


Different examples of balancing beams made of a fallen tree, tree trunks and wooden planks.
fallen tree
adjustable wide or narrow balance beam
Design from UPKARAN Manual

Two feet with inwardly angled heels. log curvature rotates child's ankles outward. elevated slanted boards nailed down so that the middle lies above the edges. DVC Ch62 Page 576-9.png
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.

Three children on different swings. Rocking horse. 3 children on merry-go-round, one child moving it.
To improve balance also see swings, rocking horses and merry-go-rounds.

This page was updated:19 Jan 2018