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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

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DrumsNWhistles

Awesome, awesome post and blog. Thank you SO MUCH for finding it!

Kris

THANK YOU so much for posting this. It is so refreshing to hear this from a teacher's perspective, especially one who really cares and knows what he/she is talking about.

mariecollins

interesting article,
after many hours of research on this i came across a single internet post about using balance boards to help kids with adhd. so i decided to give it a try, after a month i do see alot of improvement. maybe there is something more to this than we all think. im no expert so i wouldnt know. but i can tell you it has helped with both of my girls. btw if anyone wants to know of a good place to order from, i got mine from www.bambambalancers.com they have balance boards you can get with your childs name on it. i thought i'd go that route, to entice them to use them more. it actually worked too. we use them everynite for about 30 minutes. and i can tell a deifference in them...

Liz

The previous comment is a shill for balance boards. I'm going to leave it up, though, because it seems relatively benign, and the site isn't promising any miracles. The boards are presented as toys, not therapy devices.

Disclosure: we had a "hula board" when I was a kid and we all played with it incessantly.

And if your kid is a snow-sports enthusiast, the boards are great for off-snow training.

 Chris

Not so sure about balance boards being a fad or marketing ploy. See Hallowell, E. "Delivered from Distraction" (2006), page 225 et seq. He discusses the theory behind balance and other bilateral exercises and cites anecdotal evidence of good results, though he notes that proper study results are some way off. Since the cerebellum is the root of the problem and it is the route for left-right messaging within the brain, it may well be that exercises which require the fast transfer of perceptual information and motor commands might produce some results. Also, it is cheap, relatively safe, otherwise risk-free and good exercise. Not sure I would pay $400 for the set Hallowell is now selling, but balance boards or the "bongo boards" used by surfers (harder to master but more fun - wear a helmet at first)are not difficult to find. I have ADHD and so does my kid and will probably give it a try.

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