Fast forward to 2007. Our beautiful baby girl was very vocal about being over stimulated. I thought I was just a better mom. I'd been though this before. I knew more about parenting. I'd read all the books, and put them into practice with the older daughter. Ava needed to be put down fairly often. She was happy to lay in bed awake, then fall asleep. When she was two, she'd put herself down for a nap. When she was three, we knew something was off. It just wasn't typical. When she turned four, we finally got in to get help.
Along this voyage of the past year, I'm also more confidant that Sensory Processing is part of my being as well. You'll never catch me without sunglasses ~ and if you do, we either turn around to go back & get them, I buy new ones, or I'll whine until you give me yours. I spent 3 extra minutes this morning getting some odd seed out of my sock. I could feel it...but I never did see it fall away. As a child, I remember spending hours swinging in circles. Or tipping my whole body so that my head was upside down as I swung.
|Ava at therapy. Now that I have the hardware, I may need a swing like this one too! Its just a piece of double knit fabric.|
We ordered a tire swing kit from Ace Hardware for the parts. It can support 350 lbs of weight. I found some great fabric on sale - nice & sturdy, upholstery stuff to hold up to kids. I also bought 2 large pieces of batting for the cushion. The seat is 36 x 36 square plywood with rounded corners - just for a bit of safety. I stapled the batting on to the board, one piece at a time. And then finished with the upholstery fabric.
We know this will crash into the walls and the sisters! It will hold all three girls at once. Or just one. They can swing round in circles, go back & forth, or swing side to side. If you sit on it, it sways just a bit and is very soothing. I'm still learning all the fancy words and what play works with what sensory system. But its my understanding that this is hitting both the proprioceptive and vestibular systems. The board bounces just a bit, and of course - it swings! This will help to organize thoughts, calm & soothe the rider.
I have just a bit more work to finish this completely. You can see a small bit of fabric that wasn't stapled in properly. But for now, its good enough. And we have four very happy girls at our house...even if one of them is 36 yrs old!