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Autism, Children with Special needs, Hammocks for children, Therapy gym, Therapy swing -

Most of us have no problem combining all our senses. For autistic children (and grownups) however, it’s a mighty challenging task. Processing stimuli from the senses of sight, smell, sound, touch, taste, balance and body is overwhelming. Those suffering from autism will often withdraw to avoid overstimulation, or try to sort out the input from their senses with self-developed soothing mechanisms and repetitive behaviours. A significant amount of occupational therapy for autism focuses on sensory integration through specially designed programs. Some of the greatest tools for sensory integration therapy for autism type disorders are various types of swings. People with...

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Autism, Children with Special needs, Healthy Children, Therapy gym -

While parents and educators of autistic children often realize the benefits of education and routine, quite often the benefits of physical activity and sports are overlooked. Some parents might think that their child is simply not capable for participating in a sports program. Or they might just feel too busy and overwhelmed with the daily routine of taking care of an autistic child, and think the time spent on sport is not as valuable as other programs. However, physical exercise has been shown to greatly improve the lives of autistic children and to improve their behaviour as well. Autistic children,...

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Announcements, Autism, Children with Special needs, giveaway, Indoor Jungle Gym, Therapy gym -

Christmas is a time of giving and DreamGYM made one special family’s holiday season a little bit brighter by donating and installing a high quality indoor jungle gym. The Kirby-McIntosh family of Concord, Ontario, are the proud new owners of a DreamGYM indoor jungle gym for their two children, one of whom is autistic. The DreamGYM jungle gym will provide numerous benefits to 8 year-old Clifford who is autistic, by burning off excess energy and helping him to focus his attention on a specific task. Upon trying the gym for the first time, Clifford said “You are the best people...

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Autism, Children with Special needs, How-to, Therapy swing -

[caption id="attachment_30" align="aligncenter" width="283" caption="Platform Therapy Swing"][/caption] One of our customers bought Currambera hammock and she was asking for an advice how to make a platform therapy swing. I spent an hour today (not counting a trip to the Home Depot) and created a therapy swing. It turned out to be very easy. My kids enjoyed it very much and I am happy to share it with you.   Step #1 Trip to a hardware store. We went to the Home Depot and bought a piece of poplar plywood 7/16"x24"x48". We asked to cut the board to 24"x36" (they will...

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