Bean Bag Chairs for Kids with Autism
Autism is a developmental disorder that appears by 3 years old and is characterized by impairment of the ability to form normal social relationships, by impairment of the ability to communicate with others, and by stereotyped behavior patterns. Approximately 1 in 150 children in the United States are diagnosed with an autism and symptoms can range from mild to severe.
It is typical for a child with autism to be diagnosed with sensory integration dysfunction. This means that the child’s brain does not process the sensory information it receives in a sensible, orderly way. Therapy for autistic children with sensory processing difficulties often includes weight-bearing exercises and deep sensory input. For these kids, bean bag chairs are an inexpensive therapeutic tool.
As a seating option, bean bag chairs help autistic children who have poor muscle tone, or hypotonia, which is common with kids on the autism spectrum. Hypotonia isn’t a medical disorder, it’s the name of the symptom resulting from any combination of neurological and muscle disorders that cause overall muscle frailty. Researchers are still researching into why children on the autism spectrum are often struck with hypotonia, but it is more difficult to address in kids rather than adults by virtue of the fact that many weight-bearing exercises include the use of oversized, excessively heavy equipment.
Bean bag chairs have just enough mass to act as a weight-bearing exercise tool for kids with autism. A child may use it for weight-lifting with his arms or legs. Additionally, because of the tactile inner components, a bean bag chair provides sensory feedback during weight-training exercises. The chair’s flexibility enables kids and therapists to adjust and modify the chairs for whatever purpose they need.
Bean bag chairs help hypotonia in children with autism in other ways. Many kids with autism find it uncomfortable to sit in traditional chairs. The use of bean bag chairs in the home may provide kids with autism with comfortable alternatives, since the chair shapes itself to the child’s body while providing the sensory feedback of its filling. In an autism classroom, an instructor may use bean bag chairs for the students at least part of the day. Many kids with autism find the sensory feedback of sitting in a bean bag chair very comforting. Best of all, they’re easy to move and light enough so that even very young children can move them from place to place.
Two bean bag chairs used conjointly can be a helpful therapeutic tool for kids with autism. Many children with autism find it comforting, relaxing and calming to have their upper body surrounded by gentle sensory pressure. Some autistic kids like to sit on one bean bag chair while having a second bean bag chair placed across their upper body. This gentle weight and the continuous sensory feedback can be very calming and soothing for a child with autism. It helps them to organize their thoughts and center their emotions. Bean bag chairs are more than just a comfortable option for children’s furniture – for children with autism, they can be an important tool for theapy also.
With the wide variety of features and the benefits of bean bag chairs for kids, buying one which provides the comfort and style you want is very important. Ultimate Sack has bean bag chairs in a wide assortment of fabrics, sizes and colors. Instead of being filled with beans, they are filled with shredded foam. This guarantees that it will be comfortable, and hold together for years to come.
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