How Sensory Integration Therapy helped my son
John spent the first ten years of his life in a sea of turmoil.
His body was always tense, on alert, and he was non-stop movement. His agressiveness included tearing, scratching, and property destruction as daily issues.
Without a comfort zone, he couldn’t relax long enough to learn, love, or even just relate to anyone. His frantic eyes said it all, a silent plea for help.
By ten years old, whatever potential we may have seen in him was getting lost behind his outrageous behaviors. Too much for his mom or sisters to handle.
His future was beginning to look like one of heavy medication, jail or worse.
So, we started using Sensory Integration Therapy techniques and John responded very favorably. Eventually we were at the park every evening and John would swing for hours.
We could relax and John was calm and content.
I wanted to create a swinging sensory room to bring this therapy home. Hooks in the ceiling were out of the question, and I couldn’t find a swing frame to fit our needs and his size. I needed this stand to be strong, versatile, portable, easy to set up, and of course, affordable. I wanted to pack it into the trunk of my car and bring this therapy anywhere.
So I used my experience in manufacturing and construction to design and build this ideal swing frame. My main goals were to ensure the stand was affordable and easy to use.
I named it the Homestand II and it works great!
The Homestand II vastly improved our home life, creating a less hectic and more enjoyable environment. More importantly, this normalizing behavior spread to the rest of John’s life. School and respite workers also started to see wonderful improvements.
I couldn’t help but smile as John helped me pack up the Homestand II for visits to Grandma’s home.
Swinging and the Homestand II won’t cure Autism. However, I have experienced the positive effect this therapy tool provides, helping families to relax and enjoy each other.
It works for us, and can work for you and your child too, providing a safe and comfortable place, ready to go, anywhere you need.