Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Owen's Therapy Swing

I mentioned in Saturday's post that Bryan was putting an eye screw in our ceiling.  He successfully completed this task, and we now have an eye screw and a swivel clip hanging down in the living room.  When it's time to play, we push the coffee table and piano bench out of the way, climb on a chair to attach the swing, and then the fun begins.

The swing is red and purple, and looks absolutely inviting when it's hanging down in the middle of the living room.  It's made of Lycra and feels so snug.  Owen's OT from the Elks arranged for the Elks to purchase this for us, which was a huge blessing. 

I love that most of the kids can climb in it independently.  Owen can't yet.  We are working on it.  I'm trying to make sure I'm consistently putting him in the same way, so he can learn some muscle memory and help more.  The therapist suggested having him lean through the swing onto a chair or do a sit transfer.  I may give those methods a try in the next couple of days.

For now, even though it is a challenge to lift him in, the benefits are amazing!  He absolutely loves the movement and the tightness of the fabric.  He stayed in it for almost an hour yesterday in one sitting.  When he finally came out, he was definitely more relaxed and his body was way more quiet than normal.

We're going to try some iPad work and some school activities in the swing.  I think it'll help his attention and focus.  We'll see.

Bonus?  It's great free time play for everyone.  All of the kids are under the weight limit, so they take turns pushing and swinging.  For indoor winter play, I'm learning that the swing can't be beat! 

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