There are a lot of different tools that parents can use for sensory integration for a child with Autism. Sensory Integration is one of the answers to calming our children during times of stress. It does not matter where the stress comes from the techniques know about sensory integration seem to help. Sometimes parents will not even know the reasons for a melt down.
There are several large tools parents can look at using with their child with Autism. Some of those tools are perfect for parents looking for ‘Autism on a Budget’ techniques, especially when some of those techniques are free ones. As always you have to try different ones out to see if they work.
One of the easy large tools is the local play ground. Many children with Autism respond to swings. The back and forth motion seems to be calming to them. Even twisting the swing around and around and letting it go back is soothing to some children with disabilities.
Some parents will find putting a swing in their yard will help so that they have quick access. Do you remember the old tire swings that used to be in backyards? This could be perfect for a child with Autism to hold on to and use, as well as easy on your budget.
Yes of course you could buy more expensive swing sets or even the more expensive ‘specialty’ swings that are sold for occupational therapy. I am sure there will and are other things that you will need to buy or pay for that may or may not be as easily handled.
Another large tool parents may want to add to their tool chest, if you will, is a ball pool. Many fast food playgrounds have ball pools or ball pits. They have the hollow balls in some type of container, which the child can get their whole body into.
The balls are three to five inches in diameter and very light weight. Something about the feel of all the balls touching them is soothing. As well as children just like to throw them around.
Many parents of children with Autism have purchased a children’s plastic pool and filled it with the hollow balls. They keep this in the house for their child. Children do need supervision when playing with the ball pool. Even though it is a bit of a mess having balls all over their room or the play area, DO NOT use any type of covering. Young children in particular have been hurt when a covering has been used to control the mess.