Not only is swinging fun, but it can be used as an alerting or calming tool for children with special needs. It is a great workout and creates a safe space for your child to be themselves. Let’s take a look at why kids and parents alike love their sensory swing.
1. Sensory Integration
Through vestibular input, the brain learns to organize and an interpret information. With each swinging motion,y our child’s view of the room changes. They can feel the wind against their face and maybe even butterflies in their stomach.Their brain begins to tell them, “Okay, the view of the room is changing, I feel butterflies, so I must be swinging.”
2. Balance & Coordination
Associations made through sensory integration give your child confidence that their body is safe, even when their feet are off the ground. The stronger these associations become, the more their balance improves.
3. Spatial Awareness
When your child sits in the swing, the fabric puts pressure on their sensory receptors. This Deep Pressure Therapy allows them to feel their body’s movements. They can sense when their arm is outstretched or when their knee is bent, giving them a better understanding of their body’s location.
4. Mood Booster
Deep Pressure Therapy also has a positive effect on your child’s hormones. It not only reduces the stress hormone cortisol, but increases “happy” serotonin hormone levels.
5. Calming Effect
Think back to when your child was a baby. Do you remember holding and rocking them to sleep?Sensory input, like cuddling and swinging, calms the body’s “fight or flight” response. This proprioceptive input makes your child feel safe, soothing their overly stimulated senses.
The swinging motion and Deep Pressure Therapy make autistic children feel more “in balance.” Because of this, many parents find that swinging before or during homework increases concentration.
7. Strengthens Muscles
Different swinging positions can be used to target different muscle groups. To strengthen their head and neck muscles, have your child swing on their stomach. If your child suffers from weak core muscles, try rolling up the fabric like a normal swing. The lack of back support will strengthen abdominal muscles and improve posture.
8. Bonding Time
As a parent, there’s no better feeling than watching your child have fun. By either pushing them on the swing, or just being in the room during swing time, this is a perfect bonding opportunity to bond with your child.
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