Few things are more important to our ability to function in a calm and rational way than feeling centered, both literally and figuratively.
On the one hand, it is vital that we all are able to find calm and inner peace.
On the other hand, that’s pretty hard to do when you spend your days feeling dizzy and disoriented.
That is especially true of children who suffer from autism.
We are still learning quite a bit about autism, and the spectrum on which autistic cases exist leaves a huge amount of grey area. Nevertheless, certain forms of autism can sometimes leave children feeling disoriented, hypersensitive, or both.
In recent years, sensory swings have become a popular means by which to combat this phenomenon while calming autistic children by stimulating their vestibular system – and here’s how.
The Vestibular System
First, let’s take a step back and discuss what your vestibular system is and why it’s important.
Your vestibular system is the part of your body that deals with things such as balance and physical orientation.
It is located in your inner ear. If you’ve ever heard of inner ear infections or conditions leaving people feeling disoriented, this is one potential reason why.
In addition, children who fall somewhere on the autism spectrum can sometimes suffer from problems with balance or sensory overload, which can stem from issues with one’s vestibular system.
It is for that reason that sensory swings are becoming a more popular means of engaging autistic children’s vestibular system in a healthy way.
The sensation of gently swinging back and forth in a sensory swing can engage your child’s vestibular system in a low-stress manner while simultaneously helping your child become oriented.
This is because you rely upon your vestibular system as a sort of baseline for the rest of your sensory input.
While you can naturally continue to receive and process sensory input while feeling dizzy or disoriented, the feeling will be far from pleasant.
That is especially true for children who suffer from certain forms of autism or who are otherwise already hypersensitive to or have difficulty processing sensory input.
The gentle rocking of a sensory swing along with the soothing presence of a parent can, thus, help these children process and control sensory input while simultaneously putting them at ease.
Help your child feel centered in the best possible way with a sensory swing.