Vestibular

Boy on a swingHoused in the inner ear, the Vestibular System is not only responsible for our ability to hear, but it also provides us with the ability to process information about movement, gravity, balance and space.

The vestibular system is foundational to many other neurodevelopmental systems, and a weakness in vestibular functioning can cause pervasive problems from inaccurate auditory sequencing to reading difficulties to motion sickness.

  • Reading difficulties
  • Delayed language development (understanding and using)
  • Word incomprehension
  • Need for repetition of words and phrases
  • Car sickness
  • Anxiety
  • Inability to sustain listening without moving or rocking
  • Dislike of crowded and noisy environments
  • Need to move fast
  • Difficulty regulating speaking voice
  • Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep if there is any noise or what most people perceive as “no noise”
  • Placing hands over ears
  • Dislike of music
  • Avoidance of chewing
  • Motion & spinning
  • Dizziness or nausea caused by watching things move
  • Obsessive watching of things that spin, or excessive spinning of self
  • Problems of vertigo, and/or balance, and/or motion sickness
  • Difficulty walking on uneven ground
  • Avoidance of carnival rides, merry-go-rounds, swings
  • Reports of never having felt dizzy or nauseated