By far the most popular piece of equipment in our gym is our layered lyrca swing. Not only do kids love to swing in it like a hammock, they also love to explore and climb through the layers.
Lycra swings are a great resource for providing calming sensory input. The resistant stretch of the lycra provides soothing deep pressure touch and slow swinging side to side or forwards and back provides calming movement input. This is a great activity for kids to use at all different times of day:
- Use it before school or homework to get your child’s body calm and ready to learn.
- Use this after a long day to provide calming input to recharge their nervous system or even get them ready for bed.
- Use as a calming strategy if you can tell that your child is starting to become upset and may need assistance to settle down.
How to make your own at home:
You will need:
- 2 or 4 snap hooks (ours came from Bunnings)- In our space we have 4 hooks to suspend the swing from, however you can also suspend from 2 hooks if needed.
- Rope cut into either 2 or 4 pieces depending on how many hooks you are suspending from (It is recommended to select rope that has a breaking strength of a minimum of 150kg+)
- 3 pieces of lycra to fit you space (we used 3m and sourced ours from East Coast Fabrics).
- A secure place to attach the hooks (either secure eyelets or load bearing beams).
- Reasonable matting underneath for safety (our mats come from HART sports).
- Lay out the lycra, one piece on top of the other.
- Tie off the corners.
- Fasten the rope underneath each knot.
- Fasten the rope to each snap hook (length will vary depending on your space- remember that lycra will stretch a lot so keep this in mind when selecting what height you will attach them). It took me two goes to get the length of my ropes right! Please ensure that your knots are safe and secure and seek advice if you are unsure. A helpful guide can be found here: http://www.netknots.com/rope_knots/figure-eight
- Attach to your eye bolts and put safety matting underneath.
- Let the kids have a blast!
Please ensure that children are supervised by adults at all time to ensure safety. Ropes, hooks and materials should be routinely checked to ensure safety is maintained over time. We only recommend using this for children up to 40 kg maximum. This information is provided with the intent that readers will use reasonable judgement to ensure that the equipment is safe. Synchrony OT are not responsible for any injury incurred.
-Kate Kleinau, Occupational Therapist
Please feel free to ask questions or give me your feedback. I am always more than happy to answer any emails personally.