Signs of Vestibular Dysfunctions

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- means Ghiffari has no sign 
+ means Ghiffari has sign 
? means Ghiffari never tried

Vestibular Sense: input from the inner ear about equilibrium, gravitational changes, movement experiences, and position in space.

Signs Of Vestibular Dysfunction:

1. Hypersensitivity To Movement (Over-Responsive):

- avoids/dislikes playground equipment; i.e., swings, ladders, slides, or merry-go-rounds

- prefers sedentary tasks, moves slowly and cautiously, avoids taking risks, and may appear "wimpy"

- avoids/dislikes elevators and escalators; may prefer sitting while they are on them or, actually get motion sickness from them

+ may physically cling to an adult they trust

- may appear terrified of falling even when there is no real risk of it

- afraid of heights, even the height of a curb or step

- fearful of feet leaving the ground

- fearful of going up or down stairs or walking on uneven surfaces

- afraid of being tipped upside down, sideways or backwards; will strongly resist getting hair washed over the sink

- startles if someone else moves them; i.e., pushing his/her chair closer to the table

- as an infant, may never have liked baby swings or jumpers

? may be fearful of, and have difficulty riding a bike, jumping, hopping, or balancing on one foot (especially if eyes are closed)

- may have disliked being placed on stomach as an infant

+ loses balance easily and may appear clumsy

- fearful of activities which require good balance

- avoids rapid or rotating movements

2. Hyposensitivity To Movement (Under-Responsive):

- in constant motion, can't seem to sit still

- craves fast, spinning, and/or intense movement experiences

+ loves being tossed in the air

- could spin for hours and never appear to be dizzy

- loves the fast, intense, and/or scary rides at amusement parks

- always jumping on furniture, trampolines, spinning in a swivel chair, or getting into upside down positions

- loves to swing as high as possible and for long periods of time

+ is a "thrill-seeker"; dangerous at times

- always running, jumping, hopping etc. instead of walking

- rocks body, shakes leg, or head while sitting

- likes sudden or quick movements, such as, going over a big bump in the car or on a bike

3. Poor Muscle Tone And/Or Coordination:

- has a limp, "floppy" body

- frequently slumps, lies down, and/or leans head on hand or arm while working at his/her desk

- difficulty simultaneously lifting head, arms, and legs off the floor while lying on stomach ("superman" position)

+ often sits in a "W sit" position on the floor to stabilize body
? fatigues easily!

- compensates for "looseness" by grasping objects tightly

- difficulty turning doorknobs, handles, opening and closing items

- difficulty catching him/her self if falling

- difficulty getting dressed and doing fasteners, zippers, and buttons

- may have never crawled as an baby

+ has poor body awareness; bumps into things, knocks things over, trips, and/or appears clumsy

- poor gross motor skills; jumping, catching a ball, jumping jacks, climbing a ladder etc.

- poor fine motor skills; difficulty using "tools", such as pencils, silverware, combs, scissors etc.

- may appear ambidextrous, frequently switching hands for coloring, cutting, writing etc.; does not have an established hand preference/dominance by 4 or 5 years old

? has difficulty licking an ice cream cone

- seems to be unsure about how to move body during movement, for example, stepping over something

? difficulty learning exercise or dance steps


See there's only like 10% signs show in Ghiffari. 


  1. Kayaknya yang Ghiffari scored itu masih wajar semua deh mak. I'm not an expert tapi I don't think you should worry about kelainan2 di atas. *hugs*

  2. thought so too ris.. mudah2an kaya kata dokternya simple SID yang easily fixed. aamiin :)