Proprioception What’s That??

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Weight and pressure can help when the body feels lost in space.

Proprioception is the ability to know where your body is in space. Lift your arm up. Now close your eyes. Do you still know where your arm is? Then you have good proprioception.

For some it’s natural, knowing where to place your foot when you walk without looking, or where your bottom is when you’re sitting on a chair. Yet for others it’s quite challenging.

Does your child seem unaware of how they sit? Clumsy when they walk? Sometimes kids with proprioceptive challenges respond well to weight, pressure and exercise. The added resistance provides better feedback to the brain, making them more aware of their limbs.

  • Try a wrist weight or hand weight when writing
  • Use a foot fidget when sitting, or an ankle weight when walking.
  • Use a cushion or ball chair to give feedback when sitting.

A few great tools and awareness can make all the difference and prevent injuries.

 Try these Fun Tools:

Quiet Fidget for FeetOriginal FootFidget FootRest

Chair Balls

Modern Chair Ball

Wiggle Cushion

Adjustable Ankle and Wrist Weight Set

Ilana M. Danneman, PT: Ilana is the current Director of Education, Innovation and Product Selection at Fun and Function. She can be reached at

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We need to attend at school, at home, while eating, reading, listening and moving.

Perhaps the most valuable gift you can give your children is your attention. Probably the most useful tool they can acquire is the ability to attend. Some tips for encouraging attention:

  • Practice whole body listening. Remind children to use their eyes, ears and bodies to listen.
  • Stop before eating. Discuss where the food came from, how it got to the table and say thank you! Teach children good table manners and to be attentive when passing or requesting food.
  • Discuss being attentive while riding a bike, getting in and out of the car, crossing a street, etc. Each activity requires attention to how we use our bodies safely.
  • To improve attention in school, get a wiggle cushion, chewy or fidget to keep the body alert and focused.
  • Use ear muffs to filter noise while reading.
  • Use a study carrel for homework or taking a test.
  • Use images to help children stay focused while doing a writing assignment or following directions.
  • Encourage children to create images in their heads while reading, then draw a picture of what they read.
  • Remind children of your expectations, especially when entering a quiet zone. Limit their sitting time at the beginning, and slowly increase over time. Praise them for their attentive behavior.
  • Learn an instrument. Practice daily for a few minutes and increase the practice time slowly.
  • Remember attention is a learned skill. It requires practice.

Ilana M. Danneman, PT, is the Director of Education, Innovation and Product Selection at Fun and Function. Reach out to her with your questions at

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