Why is balance so important?
A study in 2006* showed a correlation between a child's motor skills in nursery and ability in reading and maths by Year 1. Basically without effective transition from basic balance and sensory integration, learning and reading development can be significantly delayed.
Although balance maturation is not generally achieved in children until the age of 12, by improving balance and sensory processing skills, children with healthy vestibular systems can excel and those with challenges or weaknesses (those with dyslexia, Down Syndrome, ADD and ADHD) can improve dramatically (8).
Movement is an important part of a child’s development as it forms the foundations for all areas of learning. Children who are exposed to opportunities to practise gross and fine motor skills are more likely to gain intellectually as a result. In order for children to sit still and remain still, they must have developed considerable balance and body control skills.
It is important to understand that developing gross motor skills is fundamental in aiding all aspects of the learning process. Regular practice of relevant gross and fine motor skills enables children to develop strength, new skills and face new challenges with increased levels of confidence.
Balance Bikes help to promote symmetry which is also important. Being a seated activity means that Balance Bikes are excellent for the development of symmetry – the upper body being encouraged to hold steady whilst the lower part of the body is able to move freely and evenly. Symmetry is the basis of our skeletal structure and there is a universal principal based on the physical laws and inter-relationship between balance and movement.