While we are all familiar with the five senses, the sense of movement (or vestibular sense) is unfamiliar to most parents. The vestibular sense gives a child information about where their body is in space, if they’re moving or still, how quickly they’re moving, and in what direction. As your child develops and learns through moving, the vestibular sense informs eye/head coordination, muscle tone, balance, and bilateral coordination. Think about all that your child will do as they grow - catch a ball, zip a coat, cut with scissors, copy from the blackboard in school, ride a bike, play a sport - without a developed vestibular sense, these activities would be a challenge!
When you can’t provide your child with outdoor vestibular activities, there are alternatives you can add to your play space indoors. Ideally, a sensory swing allows for rotational movement (in all directions) as well as linear movement (back and forth, side to side). Pick your color, fabric, or style of sensory swing and change them out from time-to-time to keep your child engaged. Installing a sensory swing in your home can be as simple as finding a spare doorway, setting up a pop-up tripod stand, or recruiting a handy friend to drill into a ceiling beam. Just remember that there can be too much of a good thing - so limit spinning and rotational swinging to avoid any negative effects!Be sure to check out our website for Swings We Love