The vestibular (movement) sense is a sense that transmits a lot of information about the body to the brain. As the vestibular sense develops, when it works fully, when it is exercised, it learns to use our body and supports balance, coordination, muscle tone, visual coordination and most importantly language and speech development. Swings are park toys that serve our vestibular sense (our sense of movement). Using it in a variety creates a relaxing and therapeutic effect for children and adults. Swings have many uses. We describe a few of them below.
Bucket swings are very useful, especially for children aged 5 and under. Due to their design, bucket swings allow children to move within the scope and boundaries of skill and motor development, so they are very valuable. You can make up stories, interactions and songs to serve your child’s imagination. Play as if your hands are a crocodile waiting to eat its feet and hands so that body awareness will increase. Or, by throwing a ball into your hand, aiming at the bucket in your hand and throwing it into it, the target game you play will also increase and support your visual-spatial perception. (And colors like this, matching and guessing games to play while swaying over food.)
Strap swings are swings with a flexible, movable base that includes a lot of movement. We recommend that you use these swings when your child reaches the point of being able to hold himself upright and to maintain his balance safely on the moving surface. For shared happiness, it is useful to make sure that your child is not forced and is not afraid of oscillations. And it is ideal for the child to find his own rhythm after starting with small swings. Swinging is an activity that helps children take a deep breath and creates feelings of calmness, relaxation and organization with a linear rhythm. Children take deep breaths while swinging and you can do breathing exercises as if you are in a sea by wearing a snorkel during the use of these swings, which contribute a lot to the vestibular (movement) system. (This is just an example and it’s important that your child wants to participate.)
Keeping Rhythm with Belt Swings:
In terms of their own body awareness, organization and rhythm keeping, planning the swing, you can keep the rhythm of your child’s foot kicks and swings from the outside. How come? Foreee – back, forwardee—back (sense of direction)
far-close, far-close (spatial perception), or counting (sequential movement).
These can be diversified. Another; Pushing from your child’s back, under his feet when his legs are in a straight position (indicating the place you touch while pushing) is very valuable for body perception. You help them coordinate upper body and lower body movements.
Abdominal Swing on the Swing:
Pay attention to whether your child prefers this rocking, whether it is a uniform rocking, these cues are very important from a sensory point of view. Swinging on the stomach can sometimes be the choice of children who cannot hold their body upright. Having uniform oscillations and not trying different oscillations may require evaluation of planning skills. While your child is swinging on the snow, he can collect small, colorful sandbags from the ground or the legumes that you sew at home as a game. This game will increase his visual motor and coordination. Or you can hold the hands of your child who is lying on his stomach and count to three, and such small difficulties make it easier to cope. It encourages problem solving and builds confidence for new achievements.
The environment gives us much more experience than we imagine. Experiencing these experiences with your children allows you to see and understand them through your child’s eyes. You can create regular parking days.