Swinging Sensation! Here’s some of our favourites…

Swinging Sensation! Here’s some of our favourites…

If you read our last blog on Sensory Integration, you would now understand how swings are not only loads of fun, but great therapeutic tools too! To follow up, we’re going to share some of our favourite swings at the clinic…

The hammock swing (a staple in our clinic!): Children are able to sit in the swing and be ‘cocooned’ by the netting as they are pushed around. They can also lie on their backs for a truly relaxing (or dizzying!) experience. Best of all, they can lie on their stomachs (in prone extension) to improve their postural strength. This is the best position to incorporate fine motor activities and games, as children can propel themselves by pushing off the floor with their hands, and reach for fine motor instruments, puzzle pieces etc. 

The Lycra swing: a stretchy hammock that ‘cuddles’ the child, calming them as the swing. Can be suspended from two separate points, to create an open hammock, or suspended from one central point to be more enclosing.

 

The Chair Swing: Children can sit like kings and queens in this rainbow-striped throne as they are pushed in calming, linear (back-and-forth) motions or awakening, rotational (round-and-round) motions! Note: if you’re pushing your child around in a circular motion, make sure you frequently swap the direction or rotation.

 

Bolster Swing: This one has endless uses! Straddle it and ride like a horse, pushing and pulling on the ropes to get it moving (a great motor planning activity). Some lucky children have ridden it like a broomstick in our ‘Harry Potter’ game. They’ve jumped over it like a log on fire and even balanced on it!

 

The Kanga Swing: behold the bouncing swing of fury! Requiring amazing feats of strength, postural control and motor planning, this springing sensation is a delight!! Watch your heads on the ceiling!!

 

 

The UFO swing: Great for little aliens to sit on and reach for game pieces off the floor. It’s a good motor planning challenge just working out how to get on it!

 

 

 

The disc swing: A classic style swing that requires a whole lot of co-ordination and upper body strength. Kids love timing their dismounts off the swing onto the crash pads!

 

 

Want to get into some swinging action at home? We just love the swings from IKEA!

 

 

 

 

 

SVAVA                      EKORRE               IKEA PS SVINGA               IKEA PS LOMSK

For guidelines on suspended equipment and ideas about how to get the most out of your swing, speak to an OT at Occupational Therapy For Children.

4 Comments
  • Lee
    Posted at 02:44h, 27 February Reply

    Hi, I’m looking to buy one or more lycra hammocks/swings. I am in Brisbane but am happy to buy from inter-state. Could you please recommend to me some sights to buy, or prices if your site sells. Thanks, Lee

    • otfc
      Posted at 23:41h, 27 February Reply

      Hi Lee, I am not sure of many places that sell pre-made, effective lyrca swings (though a number of online places do sell lycra socks and tunnels). However, we have had good success with making our own swings from Lycra material. You can purchase such material from home, dressmaking and craft stores (e.g. we often use Spotlight) and get a roll long enough, tie the ends (making sure you have an appropriate knowledge of knots) and this will provide a lycra ‘sock’. To make it a swing, you would need to secure in some thick rope on either end of the ‘sock’. This can be done during the knot tying phase, so the swing is secure. Also sewing, stitching this down is also important, to further secure the rope. There are a number of DIY lycra swing pages on Pinterst, which can help give you a better idea of how to make a lycra swing.

  • Catie
    Posted at 07:22h, 03 April Reply

    Hi there
    Where can you purchase the blue ‘hammock swing’ that is pictured on your website?
    Cheers

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