This video demonstrates a variety of ways this useful resource can be enjoyed to add more movement in to a child’s day.
A peanut roll is a good alternative to a spherical therapy/gym ball.
Its peanut shape offers greater support and stability.
Activities on the peanut roll can support regulation and motor skill development.
Sitting on the ball:
1. Improves core stability and postural control.
2. Provides movement which helps with regulation.
3. Throwing at a target improves eye-hand coordination.
Lying on the ball:
1. Increases core strength, and upper limb strength.
2. Weightbearing through the arms is regulating.
3. Puzzle activity promotes midline crossing.
· Some children will not have the upper limb strength to weightbear over the peanut roll.
· They can keep knees and feet on the floor for greater stability.
· This position still provides input to the muscles of the arms and legs.
· Ensure you use the correct size of peanut roll for the child/young person.
· The child/young person should be able to sit on it with feet flat on the floor.