For centuries humans have incorporated spinning into their lives for various reasons. In some cultures, spinning is part of religious rituals and rites. In others, it is used as a form of dance or artistic expression. For children, it's a fun way to play!
Researchers have long told us that spinning play is an important developmental activity for children. It contributes to the development of the vestibular system - the parts of the brain that affect balance and coordination. In fact, the vestibular system develops until a child is approximately 15 years old. Until that time, the system can be trained. Spinning play can actually help to enhance a child's sense of balance. For children who seek out sensory input, spinning play can also provide a calming experience. Research continues to uncover rich sensory benefits for children when they engage in spinning activities.
Because spinning plays such an important role in the life and development of a child, GameTime developed a new spinning activity for children of all abilities - the Sensory Wave Spinning Seat. It features a high back molded seat with arm supports that help to promote a neutral body position while spinning. The seat is at an optimal height for transferring from a mobility device, and it's available with an optional five-point belt kit.