As a therapy method, swinging is one of the best ways to help provide vestibular input for autistic children. It not only helps children with autism develop a sense of balance, but builds their core strength and connection to their bodies.
THE BENEFITS OF SWINGING FOR AUTISM AND ENERGETIC KIDS
Beyond the five senses (sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell), our bodies also use proprioception (body awareness) and the vestibular system (sense of balance) to help us find our way in the world. Kids with autism or sensory processing issues can struggle with these, and swinging provides a great way for them to improve those systems gently and without overwhelming them.
Swings are also great for kids who struggle with ADHD or high energy. Swinging is a relaxing exercise, and often times, the enclosed space of a hammock or cocoon swing provides a great way to encourage these children to focus and calm down.
DIFFERENT TYPE OF THERAPY SWINGS
There are many different types of therapy swings to choose from.
If you’re looking for an outdoor swing, consider a seat swing which is the kind found on playgrounds. An alternative for toddlers or small preschoolers is a bucket swing, which features holes for the child’s legs to fit through. These swings are fairly inexpensive and easy to install of you have a backyard playset.
Platform swings have ropes or chains attached to the corners of a small square platform, hence the name. They are large enough that an adult and child can sit on it together. These swings are hung low to the ground and users can sit, stand, kneel, or even lie down on them. These are better suited for therapy centers, although some parents install them at home. A bolster swing is similar to the platform swing, except that instead of a platform, there is a large bolster, which riders can straddle as they swing gently back and forth.
Another great swing, and perhaps the most popular kind for special needs children, is the cuddle swing. Also known as a cocoon swing, these swings are easily installed indoors or out, and provide a cozy nest in which the child can relax. These swings are commonly made of stretchy fabric that provides firm pressure to the child. Children love cuddle swings because they can stretch out in them however they want, and it helps muffle noise and light, which can be overwhelming for autistic children.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT SWING
When choosing the right kind of swing for your child, it’s important to take their sensory needs into account. Some children will be fine with a regular playground or open type swing, while others will fare better with a cocoon type swing. If you have questions about therapy swings, please feel free to contact us here at InYard. We have a wide selection of cuddle swings at great prices, and we offer free shipping worldwide coupled with great customer service. We look forward to hearing from you!
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