I first saw this idea a while back and thought one day I’d make something like it for my boys. It’s from Emily’s Joyful Abode and can be found here.
So last night I made one. I had a lot of scuba fabric I hadn’t used yet that I had bought from Spotlight and I thought that it’d be the perfect material for a hammock (I didn’t have a blanket long enough to be able to wrap around our dining table).
So I wrapped the scuba fabric around my table and cut it up to size and sewed the ends. Once I sewed it up, it was way too big so I adjusted it by cutting the excess fabric (I had another idea for that extra part).
Here it is!
And here is my little guy this morning.
The hammock will be soothing for him, relax and increase his concentration. “The motion of swinging restores balance to the vestibular system, provides proprioceptive input (deep pressure) and generally helps autistic-spectrum children feel more “in balance”. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/2123345
As for the excess cut-off, I sewed up the sides length ways and made a tube out of it.
The stretch of the scuba fabric will give resistance that’ll help my little one’s sensory processing needs through deep calming pressure, heavy work and proprioceptive input (help him keep track of his joint position in his body). It’ll help him develop spatial and body awareness, muscle strength, motor planning and creativity.
These tools hopefully will help him self calm and provide the necessary sensory input he needs for a more balanced day 🙂
Please note, I made the hammock and stretchy tube to help with my little boy’s sensory processing needs with the advice from our occupational therapist.