Swinging – a key component in sensory integration therapy, and an excellent way to give extra stimulation to the vestibular and proprioceptive systems. Children with sensory processing problems, autism, ADHD, etc. often benefit from vestibular input activities and proprioceptive input activities. There are so many benefits of swinging.
Is your child hyperactive? Do they seem to always be running, jumping, climbing, bouncing, running, spinning, etc.? Children intuitively know when their bodies need more sensory input, and that’s where these behaviours often stem. Getting enough stimulation to their senses helps with sensory integration and can reduce their need for constant motion.
I have been writing about these two sensory systems and if you are looking to understand them further, or want even more sensory activity ideas, take the time to read these two posts:
Calm Down By Hanging Upside Down
Proprioceptive Input – Daily Activities To Calm Sensory Seekers
Benefits Of Swinging
1. Improves Sensory Integration
As I mentioned above, swinging helps with sensory integration. This means it helps to get all the senses to work together. When someone is well regulated, all of their senses are working together and in harmony with one another. This happens by our brains forming connections so when you see a picture of broccoli, you can also imagine how it smells and how it tastes and how it feels when you touch it. That’s sensory integration.
2. It’s Calming
The repetitive, smooth motion of swinging is calming and helps to ease anxiety. It can also reduce sensory seeking behaviours, like hyperactivity, because your child’s sensory needs are met and they are well regulated. They will no longer feel the need to jump, spin, run, etc.
3. It Improves Focus and Alertness
Swinging increases blood flow to the head. This makes focus and attention easier. It also releases endorphins, which boosts your mood and helps you feel more alert.
10 Therapy Swings For Less Than $100
The benefits of swinging are no joke, having a therapy swing in your home can de-stress your life. When your child is sensory seeking – direct them to the swing. When they are having a meltdown – direct them to the swing. When they are having trouble focusing on their home work – direct them to the swing. Do you see where I am going with this? However, a lot of swings are super expensive. The price range often varies from a couple hundred, to over a thousand dollars. but, there are affordable swings out there, and here’s ten of them for $99 or less.
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- Canvas Seat Swing ($95.99) Take a seat and relax in the Canvas Seat Swing, or pump those legs to swing away. It’s great for kids who are just learning how to swing because it provides full bottom support. The material wraps around and “hugs” your body, making the swing a relaxing hangout spot for older children, teens and adults.
- Cocoon Climbing Swing ($99.99) Sometimes kids need a quiet, cozy place to escape with a book. But sometimes they need to swing like monkeys! Our Cocoon Swing adjusts for every need. Hang from two suspension points for a calming effect; or hang from a single suspension point for active play, strengthening muscles and imagination. Enjoy the calm or wild rides ahead!
- Driftsun Hammock Pod Swing ($49.99 – reg $89.99) Give your kids have a new comfortable place to sit, read, and relax, and reap the benefits of swinging.
- HappyPie Frog Folding Pod Swing ($45.00) HappyPie is the perfect therapy tool for calming children with special needs. It will give them some sensory input and would also be soothing. Soft swinging stimulates the sense of balance and the development of the brain. The large size also allows you to enjoy the benefits of swinging with your kids.
- InYard Therapy Swing ($89.70 – reg $159) Our swing exposes your child to the kinds of inputs that are necessary for the vestibular system to be trained in order to understand the environment. This is a learning experience for your child’s senses, and will make them feel more grounded, and eventually help them walk, run, and perform other actions. The sensory swing stimulates the body and mind, exposing your child to all kinds of sensory inputs that are not only pleasant but also help train the sense of proprioception.
- Mesh Therapy Swing ($79.99) Ultra-light and ultra-durable, this web-like swing is designed for both active or passive movement — and endless fun. Sit in the swing or lie all the way down and glide away. Breathable mesh provides a smooth and comfortable ride. Easily portable for traveling therapists and on-the-go families.
- Net Swing ($69.99) This sturdy net swing provides a full body sensory ride. It offers gentle pressure around the entire body for a snug, secure feel while you swing, read or just relax. Lie down completely or sit and swing. Use to teach early pumping skills while sitting securely in the net. The net stretches to support children, teens and adults, making it a versatile sensory tool for your home, clinic or classroom.
- Sorbus Kids Spinning Swing ($31.99) Swing into adventure with the Sorbus Spinner Swing! This net swing allows kids to safely ride into action for hours of entertainment. It features a spacious web style rope seat for a super comfy ride and two sturdy suspension points to keep the swing in place. It’s roomy enough to climb inside and spin, bounce, twist, enjoy playtime with friends, or let the entire family take a turn! Adults can join the fun too making tons of memories with a precious little one.
- Trapeze Swing ($49.99) Let your little acrobat, monkey or circus performer swing away! The trapeze and ring combo bar provides vestibular input and helps kids develop body awareness, muscle strength and better posture. Another surprising benefit? Gripping the bar and rings improves hand strength, which helps improve fine motor skills and handwriting. Great for home, classroom or clinic use.
- Ikea Hanging Swing ($49.96) Swinging develops the sense of balance and body perception. It also brings a feeling of well-being and relaxation