What Are Sensory Gyms And Why Are They an Important Role in Your Child’s Therapy?
Sensory Gyms and their Importance in Therapy
The joys and challenges of parenting are apparent, no matter what your child’s abilities. However, when your child has a sensory processing disorder (SPD), you face a set of challenges other parents do not. Everyday life settings often do not accommodate children with SPD. Some children who struggle with sensory processing may be overwhelmed by light, touch, or even food, while others may crave so much stimulation, it is hard to meet their needs. The goal of any parent or caregiver who copes with these challenges is to improve the child’s sensory integration.
Why are sensory gyms important?
Sensory gyms provide a secure space for children to play and grow at their own pace. Carolina Therapy Connection is proud to have the largest and most extensive sensory gym in eastern North Carolina. Our therapists help guide children through activities involving swings, trampolines, therapy balls, brightly colored pillows, ball pits, tunnels, climbing walls, and many more tools to help your child become more confident with sudden changes in their environment. Gyms also give children with autism access to the tools they need for sensory regulation in a non-threatening environment. Gyms foster independence, reduce meltdowns, and limit social stress by making kids feel calmer and more focused. In addition to providing health and fitness benefits, sensory gyms also increase a child’s social skills and self-esteem.
Sensory gyms enhance other therapies.
Most children with special needs require other services such as occupational or speech therapy. Sensory gyms will not replace other types of treatment your child is receiving, but they will help to amplify its effects. Sensory gyms have been proven to help with fine motor skills, body awareness, increased social skills as well as improve muscle strength, coordination, and balance. A recent study demonstrates that gyms help children exercise independence, communicate better, and strengthen their self-care habits and attention spans.
Sensory gyms are FUN!
Sensory gyms help with developmental improvements, mostly because they are FUN! Unlike school classrooms or play centers that can be overwhelming, our sensory gym will allow your child to grow and learn in a fun environment. We have created a safe space where your child can play freely with less stress. All activities are meant to have less risk, which fosters calmness, and thus, learning becomes enjoyable.
How do I know if my child would benefit from a sensory gym?
Does your child need constant stimulation? Does she/he crave constant spinning, jumping, crashing into walls, climbing, and so on? A sensory gym would be helpful in processing and developing her/his sensory skills.
Is your child lethargic, unengaged, or unable to tolerate typical stimulation? Your child needs to be motivated to engage in physical activity. Sensory gyms will help adequately improve motor control, especially in children who have been diagnosed with cerebral palsy or Spina Bifida.
A sensory gym offers your child the opportunity and motivation to use different muscle groups in a safe and friendly way. Sensory gyms can help children who struggle with:
- Gross motor developmental delays
- Orthopedic injuries
- Cerebral palsy
- Spina bifida
- Down syndrome
- Autism spectrum disorders
- Low muscle tone
- Toe walking
- Autism spectrum disorders (Autism, Asperger’s, PDD-NOS)
- Sensory integration disorders
- Dysgraphia (difficulty with handwriting)
- Genetic disorders
- Visual deficits
- Developmental delays
- Seizure disorders
- Feeding issues
- Oral motor skills
- Learning disorders
- Hearing impairments
- Cognitive disorders
- Poor oral motor skills
- Motor planning (Apraxia)
- Swallowing disorders
- Traumatic brain injuries
Did you know that Carolina Therapy Connection has the largest and most comprehensive sensory gym in all of Eastern North Carolina??
If you think your child could benefit from the use of our sensory gym, in combination with their current therapies, we invite them to come have fun with us! Call our office today for a consultation and tour of our newly expanded and renovated gym and facility!