Most of us think of the gym as the place to go to improve our health and fitness, but gyms have all kinds of purposes, including therapeutic ones.

Some gyms are used to help people recover from injuries and surgeries with the help of a physical therapist.  But what’s a sensory gym?

A sensory gym has a unique appeal to children.  Alive with color and movement, sensory gyms are an amazing support for children with special needs, offering tools to develop motor, sensory and communication skills, all in a fun, engaging setting.

So, how to determine whether your child could benefit from a sensory gym?  Read on!

Sensory regulation

Sensory gyms are growing in popularity in hospitals, rehabilitation centers and clinics.  A big part of their appeal is the fact that they create a safe environment for childhood exploration.  This is especially important to kids with special needs, as information becomes fun and non-threatening when presented in this format.  

Valuable for improving body awareness and balance, they also serve to enhance coordination, reasoning, motor skills and social skills.

The foundation of the sensory gym’s value to a special needs child is their ability to regulate the effect of sensory input.  

Children with special needs tend to either become overwhelmed when presented with a surfeit of information or don’t respond at all.

Sensory gyms take children with special needs out of learning environments which can frustrate them, placing them in a stress-free, engaging setting where information is more readily processed. 

Could a sensory gym help your child?

  • If your child is a glutton for sensory input (running around a lot, climbing, spinning), the sensory gym offers numerous opportunities for the development of sensory skills, helping your child better process and absorb stimuli.
  • By the same token, if your child shies away from sensory input (aversion to being touched, loud noises, certain textures), the sensory gym can assist in developing better skills for managing sensory information.
  • A lethargic child will find much to enjoy in a sensory gym, where it’s possible to “practice” responses to sensory input at will.  
  • Children with muscular issues (i.e., cerebral palsy), are encouraged to use more of their musculature by the sensory gym.  In a safe environment which invites even the most tenuous engagement, children with issues like these are provided with a place to experiment.

For all kinds of kids

Even children without special needs benefit from the wealth of fun and exploration to be enjoyed in a sensory gym environment.  They need to fine-tune their motor, social, coordination and sensory skills, too.

As children grow, sensory gyms support them by being a field of trial and error that encourages their growth in every developmental area imaginable.

Fun Factory Sensory Gym

Fun Factory creates sensory gyms all over North America.  Our products are at home in a variety of environments and work in virtually any space you have.

Our sensory gyms bring outdoor play into a safe, private setting that honors the needs of all children.  Contact us.