Some children with sensory integration problems, sensory processing disorders or just growth spurts in typical neurological development experience problems with vestibular processes.
They may benefit from sessions swinging safely at the park; being tightly wrapped, held and rocked; or having a session with a Sensory Integration therapist or therapeutic horseback rides (hippotherapy). [I love that term]
The child may be sitting comfortably and suddenly lose their sense of where their body is in space and fall over. A child with a sensory integration disorder may not feel dizzy before losing their balance. Motor planning problems also complicate these conditions as well as typical developmental stages.
The horse human bond is renowned for its healing quality. A horse's non-judgmental acceptance allows novice riders, including veterans and disabled adults and children, to learn and to grow.
When designing natural play spaces I will be thinking about how we could incorporate horse riding nearby