Starfish Therapies

September 25, 2012

Using a Balance Board

There are many uses for balance boards but I thought I would share some of the ways we have used it.

  1. I had a few kids who were having trouble squatting.  They didn’t want to bend their knees and preferred to just bend forward at the hips.  By putting them on a balance board and making the surface just a little unstable, they needed to adjust their movements to maintain their stability and it encouraged them to bend their knees even more.
  2. I have found that a lot of kids spend time moving forward and backwards so their system is used to changes in this direction but side to side is not as common of a movement and often needs more practice for the body to anticipate how it needs to react in order to maintain stability.  By having kids stand on the balance board (as seen in the video) and perform activities where they need to reach in different directions, they are taking in a ton of input as to what happens when they move in each way and letting their body figure out how to react.  With enough exposure they become much more efficient at maintaining stability and the process becomes unconscious and lets them concentrate on having fun!
  3. For kids who like to keep their weight on their heels, they have challenges when their weight is shifted forwards.  Because their center of gravity is sitting towards their back, their balance reactions kick in faster than they should when they begin to move their weight forward on their toes.  By having a kiddo on the balance board so that it rocks forward and backwards you can work on having them shift their weight forward in a similar way to what is shown in the video and have them get used to having their center of gravity in a more forward position.

How do you use balance boards?



  1. Can you tell me what is the piece of equipment that the child is placing the rings on? Looks cool..

    Comment by Darlene — February 7, 2013 @ 4:53 pm | Reply

    • It’s an adjustable T for t-ball

      Comment by Starfish Therapies — February 8, 2013 @ 2:15 pm | Reply

      • Thanks. I noticed the home plate but it looked so tall. Thanks for the idea.

        Sent from my iPhone

        Comment by — February 8, 2013 @ 3:15 pm

      • Thanks. I noticed the home plate but the stick was very tall. Love the adjustability. Great idea. Thanks.

        Sent from my iPhone

        Comment by — February 8, 2013 @ 3:16 pm

  2. Where can I find one of those adjustable Ts?

    Comment by Rosie — September 17, 2013 @ 3:48 pm | Reply

    • I’ve looked for them and haven’t been able to find another one. I will keep looking and print the link when I find it again. You may be able to find bendable material that has some structure and make your own.

      Comment by Starfish Therapies — September 18, 2013 @ 3:00 am | Reply

      • such an awesome Tee! would also love to know if anyone has created one and if so, what material worked best. Thanks!

        Comment by Shawn — November 19, 2013 @ 12:55 am

  3. […] Balance Boards […]

    Pingback by Balance and Vestibular System Ideas | Starfish Therapies — September 29, 2017 @ 5:29 pm | Reply

  4. I have a granddaughter who is a heel walker. With the above balance board, is it wide enough to stand on if you turn it, so the child has it rocking to the front and back? What are the dimensions of your balance board in the video? My granddaughter is 8 and 82lbs. Thank you. I have been checking out boards on Amazon.

    Comment by Rita — February 28, 2018 @ 11:57 am | Reply

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