Children with Sensory Processing disorder also referred as SPD benefit from a Sensory Gym. Everyday settings do not accommodate children with SPD. A child who is oversensitive might find stimuli like light, physical touch or food overwhelming. Children who are under-sensitive on the other hand might crave so much stimulation that it is hard to meet their needs.
For kids on either spectrum, sudden changes in their environment and or new settings can lead to uncontrollable tantrums which can continue longer than expected for kids not on the spectrum. Hence Sensory Integration is important for these kids and Sensory Gyms are a safe play areas that encourage sensory development that in turn helps make achieving those goals easier.
- Amplifying Therapy
- Bringing Sensory Development at your home
- Sensory Gym Creates Fun
Sensory gyms are just another Useful tool for treating Sensory disorders. A therapist can guide a child through activities involving with e.g. bright colored pillows, swings, ball pits, bubbles , tunnels etc. as pertaining to the child’s need to cultivate appropriate response to the stimuli. Eventually these reactions become more natural for the child, which helps the child participate in more typical activities both academically and socially. Through guided play on equipment that meets their needs, children with SPD improve their fine motor skills , body awareness, cause and effect play, reasoning and social skills.
Therapist that works with your child will help plan to implement a Sensory gym at your home based on your child’s needs that will help continue giving your child the sensory input he/ she needs to facilitate your child’s growth.
Sensory Gyms help with developmental improvement largely because they are fun. Our gym is designed specifically for kids with Sensory processing disorders, meaning they can play without stress.
How to determine for a parent that Sensory Gym will benefit your child.
There are 4 indicators to help you determine this.
- Your child craves sensory input e.g. seeks constant spinning, crashing into the walls or constantly running, climbing on furniture and jumping on/ off couches uncontrollably is a symptom of Hyposensitivity. A Sensory Gym will help your child process and develop his sensory skills.
- Your child hates Sensory input.
- Your child is Lethargic.
- Your child needs motivation to keep moving lots of different muscle groups.
Your child shies away from different textures, sound and experience or can’t stand to be touched is a symptom of Hypersensitivity. Your child could use a Sensory Gym to learn to manage sensory information and process it in a regulated way so as not interfer his development academically and socially.
Your child is unengaged and seems unable to absorb normal stimulation, he could benefit from a Sensory Gym by practicing responding to sensory information.
This may be because your child lacks complete muscle control as can happen with children with CP. Sensory Gym will give him a safe, friendly environment that encourages him to move all of his muscles with guidance of his skilled therapist.
In general to all the conditions listed above, the more the Sensory Integration skills a child can master the easier it will be for him to learn new information and grow.