Balls and ball cushions
The balls used in the games and activities are for sale under different names, like gym balls, therapy balls and fitness balls. They are for sale in sports stores and other stores that sell fitness materials. The size varies from 55 to 75 cm. Suitable for adults to sit on, or older children of 12 years and more. You can use a ball for the games exercising pressure with a ball and touching and moving on your lap. For adults and older children the ball is suitable to sit on during all kinds of activities like watching television, doing homework and for the activity sitting on a ball while moving to music. For smaller children you can use them to sit on or roll over, in that case you should hold your child firmly.
- In the American Journal of Occupational Therapy an article was published on sitting on a ball at school for children with ADHD. Classroom Seating for Children With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Therapy Balls Versus Chairs
For younger children it is more difficult to find the right size. As an alternative you could try to find a Skippy ball in the right size. Especially in spring and summer easy to find in any toy store. If you do not succeed in finding the right ball, you could look on the internet for firms specialized in these types of balls. Look under: therapy balls, gym balls, and fitness balls. Some firms deliver to therapists only but there are also firms who sell to anyone directly.
Ball cushions are not for sale in regular stores. You may buy one via your therapist, or you will have to look on the internet yourself. Look under the names ball cushion, therapy ball, gym ball and fitness ball. Some firms deliver to therapists only but there are also firms who sell to anyone directly.
The ball cushion is especially suitable to sit on during dinner, at school or during homework. It helps many children to stay more focused on the activity they are doing. You can look at sitting on a ball or ball cushion.
- In the American Journal of Occupational Therapy an article was published on sitting on a ball-cushion at school. Effectiveness of Disc 'O' Sit Cushions on Attention to Task in Second-Grade Students With Attention Difficulties