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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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Announcements, disk swing, giveaway, Therapy swing -

DreamGYM is offering the opportunity to win a Disk Swing to the readers of a wonderful blog Feisty, Frugal, and Fabulous!  To enter, take a look around the DreamGYM site and comment in Feisty, Frugal, and Fabulous blog telling what item you would absolutely love to have in your own home. Please ensure your profile is public or leave your email address in your comment. This giveaway will end on March 19th at 10:00pm CT. Giveaway is open to Canadian addresses only. Children build core body strength while riding on the swinging disk. Swinging stimulates body and brain development. Children...

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Children with Special needs, Custom Jungle Gym, Indoor Jungle Gym, Installation, Jungle Gym for small space, monkey bars, Therapy gym, Therapy swing -

[caption id="attachment_101" align="alignleft" width="119" caption="Monkey Bars for Therapy room"][/caption] On a last day of January 2009 we installed the therapy gym in one school in Barrie, Ontario. They were looking for monkey bars to add to their occupational therapy room, because one of the boys in their care needed a tool to develop upper body strength. But I am sure other children will benefit from the monkey bars too. It was a custom made structure. Due to limited space they have we couldn't offer them a jungle gym with wall bars.  The wood choice was soft maple which looked terrific....

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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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