Gonge Insight – 1

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The theme of this Gonge Insights are “Static Equilibrium”, and how one can use the “River of stone” to train children who have problems with stability.

One can divide the balance in 3 parts: Dynamic balance, proactive balance and static balance.


Dynamic balance: when we move and at the same time keeps the balance, it’s dynamic balance. We balanced on our supporting surface. The larger supporting surface, the easier it is to keep your balance. In addition, acceleration and speed also helps to maintain balance. We all know that accelerate right at the moment, we are about to fall and thus stave off the decline. When we accelerates, we get help from the whole of the vestibular system to keep your balance.

When we are losing balance, seen often ward off reactions that are big motions with the arms that fly out from the body in an attempt to restore the balance reflektorisk.

Cycling requires a lot of dynamic balance. Observe a that honors that cycling can be seen that the balance is better when the bike only has speed on while it’s harder and balance demanding when it comes to biking facilities slowly.

Proactive balance: The proactive balance is the ability to know what it takes to keep a balance in the split second before export. We know exactly how much force and elasticity that should be in the legs, when we need to jump up off the floor and landing must find balance on a pillow or other kind of underlay, which is not evenly. Error we consider, we will either countries heavy and clumsy or losing balance and falling off from the pad.

Static balance: the static balance is the ability to keep a job, URf.eks. When we must stand on one leg, while we take a sock on the other foot, or when we over time to keep the body in a permanent position without falling together URf.eks. under desktop work.

When the three systems all works optimally, we will move with grace and quality. Our bodies are working optimally and efficiently without unnecessary tension. In play and movement will always occur an interaction between all three parts of the balance sheet. In other words, so the parts have great influence on each other.

With some children seen problems with either one or more parts of the balance sheet. In order to achieve a good training effect, it is important that you analyze it and coach just the component to which the child has a hard time and at the same time draw on the child’s resources.


Case: November 2015


Mark is a boy of 5 years with full speed. He has always been moving much, and he is adept at cycling, running and the wild play.

But he can literally stand and fall or fall off the Chair during dinner. Stand on 1 leg can he not at all. When he sits at the table, he always rests his head on the table and in playing with the cars on the floor he lies down and rests her head on the upper arm, rather than sit.


When Mark must make a motor skills course with me, he has implemented it before I’ve got directed him in what he must do: Hey Presto-Hey Presto one-two-three, he is through and have skipped and race through the course in syvspring.

He has easily by dynamic balance, the proactive are good enough, but it squints with the static balance.


I congratulate Mark and tells him that he is skilled, but we must now try to work out something which is hard, and that I have a feeling that it is difficult for him to move slowly. It can Mark confirm. He has always had to hear the adults ‘ reprimands on that he should take it easy, relax and lower pace. Mark may not know how? For when he does it, he falls and loses balance.

So now we have a common goal: I need help with getting better at it hard, namely to reduce the pace and move slowly. In my terms, it is a question of static balance and keep themselves bodily stable.

I take my River stone forward and Mark should stand on the high stone in the middle. The small river stones in different colors are placed around the high. Mark must with one foot stepping out on the color River stones I says. The other foot will be at his base on the high river stone.

For each new color I say, Mark with both feet at its base, the high river stone, and from there you can select which foot he will need to get out on the small river stones in the correct color.


The exercise put Marks pace down. He is making an effort to keep balance when both feet are standing on the high river stone and level the difference when he stands alternately on one high and one low, challenging his static balance. He after each color must remember to enter the Center with both legs, decreases the tempo further and makes the challenge greater. Mark laughs when he again and again skips the base over and goes directly from a low river stones for a new one. We laugh together by his error and he gets extra praise when he is focused and remember to enter at the base before the next fix River stones are selected.

I can make the task more difficult, either by dragging the time out and think for me a long time between every time I select a new color. The slower I am, the more challenging it is for Mark’s static balance. I can also change the difficulty level by alternately choose a color on a river stone, located in front of the store base and one behind or from right to left. I can make it more difficult to tell Mark that he did not even have to choose foot but that he must use alternating right and left foot, because every time I say a new color.

If Mark couldn’t keep his balance in practice and couldn’t wait until I said color, a more simple and straightforward game would be, to put all river stone in random pattern and ask Mark go on the color I said with both legs.


The important thing is to hit the child’s level, to give the child challenges and at the same time, experience of success and mastery.


After a few minutes make Mark no longer error. He has a grip on the game, he is experiencing success with putting the pace down and keep balance.

We agree that I say 5 colors more and ends the game.


© Gonge


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