Have you heard of sensory swings? These swings have been used in occupational therapy settings for some time now, but they can prove to be beneficial for nearly every child. Keep reading to learn about sensory swings and why one might be the perfect gift for your child!
What is a Sensory Swing?
Technically, any swing is sensory because of the positive effect it can have on a child. But when we say sensory swing, we are talking about the kinds of swings you can install inside your home. Oftentimes, they are made of fabric and create a cocoon-like environment. We’ll share several different types of sensory swings below.
Sensory swings strengthen the vestibular system, or vestibular sense. The vestibular system provides the sense of balance and spatial awareness to individuals. According to Brain Balance, “Swinging allows a child to neutralize the disruptions that are caused by their vestibular system, which can often originate in the inner ear. The smooth, back-and-forth motion can be soothing and calming to a child.”
A well-developed vestibular system contributes to strong hand-eye coordination, balance, and muscle tone. For these reasons, sensory swings can benefit all children. And they can especially benefit children who may struggle with any of the skills mentioned above.
In addition to the benefits of sensory swings, they can also just be plain fun! They can serve as a cozy space to read a book, process big emotions, or have some quiet time. Parents might find themselves wanting their own—and don’t worry, they have sensory swings for adults, too!
Sensory Swings for Kids
Sensory swings come in a variety of shapes and kinds. You can set them up inside or outside…or in every room of the house! We’ve highlighted three of the most common kinds below.
Pod swings create a cozy, cocoon-like environment. In this swing, you are quite literally enveloped in stretchy fabric, which replicates the feeling of a hug. They can typically rotate 360 degrees.
Platform swings feature a flat area for children to sit or lie down on. The swing allows children to move back and forth and side to side, both of which strengthen the vestibular system.
Hammock swings provide the perfect space for little ones to relax and unwind. The sides provide a sense of security.
Sensory swings benefit individuals of all ages. Get one for your family and see for yourself!
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