I bought a fitball disc for R. recently. It is very similar to the sitting/balance discs in the therapy catalogs. It is a little larger and one side has raised nubs and the other side is smooth. I thought it would be useful for R. to put her feet on to give her extra sensory input. I also hoped she might stand and balance on it or at least walk on it.
She did not know what to do with it at first and wasn’t real impressed when I sat or stood on it. I stood it on one end and made it spin, and that became a favorite game. She would let me use the disc to give her pressure on her back or feet. Then one day I found her happily running back and forth in her room landing on the disc in the middle each trip. I noticed she had pulled the plug out and completely deflated it. She wanted to use it flat and she fixed it herself. I inflated it just a little bit and she has been finding all kinds of uses for it on her own.
She always seems to know exactly which side she wants to use. She sits in her beanbag or in my lap with her feet on the disc. She sits on it bottom down, lies down on her belly or back and even rests her face on it. She puts pillows on top and then lies down or rolls around. It gets most use as a stomping pad in an obstacle course. She recently found her old baby changing pad and a wedge that goes under the crib for newborns and added them to the obstacle course.