"Children with autism have amazing gifts and talents; it is up to us
to find the right tools and opportunities to unlock these abilities."
As a therapist specializing in autism spectrum disorder (ASD), I have come across various tools and equipment that aid in the treatment of ASD. Among these, two popular options are indoor hammocks and indoor sensory swings. Although they may appear similar in providing unique sensory experiences, there are notable differences between these two. In this blog post, we will delve into the differences between indoor hammocks and indoor sensory swings, their benefits, and which one is best suited for children with ASD.
Overview of Indoor Hammocks and Indoor Sensory Swings:
Indoor hammocks and indoor sensory swings are both therapy tools that offer a unique sensory experience for children with ASD. An indoor hammock is a suspended fabric bed that provides deep pressure and tactile stimulation. It offers a calming effect on the nervous system and can help improve mood, behavior, and relaxation. On the other hand, an indoor sensory swing is a suspended seat that provides vestibular and proprioceptive input. It helps improve body awareness, focus, concentration, and sensory overload.
Benefits of Indoor Hammocks:
Indoor hammocks provide physical benefits such as improved balance, coordination, and muscle strength. The deep pressure input promotes relaxation and stress relief and has been found to be effective in reducing self-injurious behaviors in children with ASD. Additionally, the swinging motion of the hammock provides a soothing effect while the tactile stimulation helps regulate sensory input.
Benefits of Indoor Sensory Swings:
Indoor sensory swings offer physical benefits such as improved vestibular and proprioceptive input. The swinging motion of the swing provides a calming effect on the nervous system while improving focus and concentration. This tool is particularly beneficial for children with low muscle tone or those who require more vestibular input to regulate their sensory input.
Which One Is Best?
Choosing between an indoor hammock and an indoor sensory swing depends on several factors, including the child's age, sensory needs, and physical abilities. For younger children or those who require more deep pressure input, an indoor hammock may be more appropriate. However, older children or those who require more vestibular input may benefit more from an indoor sensory swing.