Sensory integration activities that require individuals to balance precisely, make spatial judgments and provide a means of allowing feedback are the most powerful and effective activities available for maintaining and improving brain-processing efficiency and allowing an individual to become an efficient learner and improve academic success.

When a person engages in balance therapy that includes motor activities involving many different sensory systems, the brain utilizes neural networks to organize and execute the activities effectively. As the difficulty of a task increases, the number of neurons the network requires to perform the task increases.

Balance as the Central Component

In order to understand why Balametrics’ products and therapies focus so much on balance stimulation activities, we must understand the central role played by the sense of balance, or the vestibular system. As a child grows in the womb, the vestibular system is the first sense to develop, and so it serves as an organizational tool for other brain processes.

Because the vestibular system combines the inertial information from the three semi-circular canals with the gravitational orientation provided by the otolith organ, it is the basis of our inertial gravitational model of the world—that is, our model of the world as three-dimensional space with a clear sense of up and down. As a child continues to develop in the womb, the other major brain systems—motor, tactile, auditory,and visual—also develop, but they develop in relation to the vestibular system, or sense of balance.
The Theory Behind the Learning Breakthrough,Copyright © 1980-2004 by Balametrics, Inc.

  • Multi-Sensory Integration
  • Spatial Awareness
  • Integration Between the Two Hemispheres of the Brain
  • Brain Timing/Reaction Time
  • Varying the Difficulty Level of Activities
  • Sequencing
  • Binocular Teaming
  • Proprioception