From the history of creation:
The Balance Board or «Bilgow Cerebellar Stimulation Board» was developed by American educator Frank Bilgow.
In the 60s of the last century, the scientist noticed that schoolchildren who performed physical exercises during breaks that were associated with balancing are more successful in studying and passing the school curriculum, and their communication skills are much higher than those of other peers. Developing his theory, F. Bilgow developed a prototype of a balancing board, on which further studies were carried out, proving the effectiveness of the method he proposed.
Balance board today:
So, the balancing board has a flat surface and a hemispherical base, so that in order to maintain balance, it is necessary to concentrate and apply some effort. At the same time, even a child can cope with the board, it is completely safe if classes are conducted under the supervision of parents or teachers. It can be used by adults and children from 2 years of age with a wide variety of problems.
Who will benefit from a balance board?
In the modern world, classes on the balance bar are widely used as a form of physical therapy.
So, balancing cerebellar stimulation on the Bilgow board is shown:
- hyperactive (ADHD) children with academic problems or vestibular disorders;
- children with delays in psycho-emotional, speech and mental development;
- helps to correct the posture of the child;
- useful in classes to correct flat feet;
- indicated for the prevention of obesity;
- effective for the comprehensive development of the child’s thinking, which subsequently, undoubtedly, will help him when studying at school.
Usually with frequent and skillful use of a balancing simulator in children:
- the muscular frame is strengthened;
- improve communication skills and speech;
- improve handwriting and attention.
Many professionals recommend using this simulator when mastering all sports that require balance — skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding, etc.
How does a balance board work?
Standing with their feet on the balance board, the child performs simple tasks or plays games, while doing his best to maintain balance. Among the simplest exercises for cerebellar stimulation, one can single out the transfer of the ball from mother to child standing on the board and back. Further, the tasks gradually become more difficult, and the child must name letters, numbers, names of animals, plants, using more and more areas of the brain. And the effect is enhanced by the fact that all these useful workouts remind the child of an exciting game, which is why he does not get bored in the process, and continues to play with pleasure.
The purpose of this cerebellar stimulation — synchronize the work of the brain centers responsible for cognitive and motor functions, as well as develop visual-motor interaction and coordination. As experts note: “Often, parents attribute the clumsiness and awkwardness of the child’s movements to personality traits. However, these are clear signs that there are more serious deviations of a psychological, intellectual and speech therapy nature. In this case, it is very important to notice the problem in time and start working on it even before the moment when the help of a specialist becomes mandatory.
Where to buy?
Balance boards from AmoKids are made of natural materials and are very convenient to use, while a fascinating labyrinth with balls will help diversify your daily workouts and make the game even more fun.