The Power of the Vestibular System
"The vestibular system controls the sense of movement and balance. From birth to about 15 months, the vestibular system is very active as the child gains a sense of gravity and knowledge of the physical environment through movement. Rocking, swaying, and movement which rotates the head stimulates the vestibular system, stimulating the brain for new learning.“ – Smart Moves, by Carla Hannaford.Ph.D.
The vestibular system is the “vestibule” or “entryway” for learning into the brain. Research shows that when the vestibular system is intentionally stimulated through rocking, swaying, dancing, twisting & turning it helps your baby's brain get ready to learn.
Understanding how children learn in the early years and what activates that learning is vital to understanding how children will learn and progress through school later on. You are your child’s first and best teacher. The more you know and understand about how your child learns the better teacher you will be.