It's 2019 and the "sensory gym" has become an essential part of a therapists treatment plan. Whether it be speech-language pathologists utilizing the sensory space to regulate a child's energy levels before treating or an occupational therapist attempting to regulate the proprioceptive system through external manipulations sensory gyms have become Principal.
After over 20 years of being involved with the special needs community and seeing thousands of sensory gyms, I can tell you first hand that not all sensory gyms are created equally. I've always been a believer in the age-old adage that "It's not about what you have, but how you use what you have." Don't get me wrong utilizing what you have is pivotal and foundational for successional events and growth. But when it comes to the health and well-being of your child, you don't just want to "utilize what you have."No, you want the very best for your child when it comes to their health because anything less isn't acceptable and nor should it be.
Below I've listed the top 10 pieces of equipment Fun Factory Sensory Gym includes in their state of the art sensory gyms. I've also added the important benefits of each piece of equipment!
The benefits of swinging are endless. For the sake of brevity, I’ll list the top 3 most important benefits of swinging and why swings are an important piece of equipment to add to your sensory gym!
This quite possibly could be my number one because there
Who knew that going down a slide could carry with it so many great benefits?!
Foam Cube/Ball Pit
What is literally the one thing that my son and I can’t avoid when we enter a sensory gym? THE FOAM PIT!
Jump decks give children with repetitious motor movements such as running in circles and jumping from furniture an opportunity to do so in an environment that is monitored by a therapist or parent.
Jump decks also allow children to conquer their fears in a safe environment. I can recall my first experience with a child that was so afraid of the jump deck he had to crawl on his belly to peer over the edge. The jump deck I'm referencing was only about 4-5 feet tall but represented a real fear for the little boy. After watching his peers conquer their fears for thirty minutes the little boy stood up and walked to the edge. He didn’t actually jump but he led himself with one foot into the ball pit. I looked on in amazement. The sheer bravery the little boy exhibited was inspiring.
Ninja ramps are great for upper and lower body strengthening. These ramps come equipped with a knotted rope pull that allows the child to use his or her upper body.
Ziplines can be useful for a variety of treatment plans. For example, physical therapists can use
With these ingredients your therapists will be able to succesfully be able to serve up the most amazing treatment sessions a parent could ever hope for. The results, delicious. Thousands of therapists and clinic owners have incorporated a Fun Factory Sensory Gym into their treatment plans and the results have been amazing. From more effective sessions to reaching goals at a more frequent pace. These sensory gyms improve lives.
After five years in practice, I decided that I needed to upgrade the look of my office to allow for optimal patient care. Upon researching some possibilities, I came across the Fun Factory Sensory Gym. I immediately called the company to purchase my own gym unit. We scheduled an install date and in three short days, my gym and my vision were complete. My patients and their parents walk in and are amazed at the beautiful and fun set up. I truly feel that my patients are getting the most effective and efficient care because I have the best equipment to address their individual needs. With the Fun Factory Gym equipment, I am able to help these children improve by Leaps and Bounds!
The Kaufman Children’s Center was proud to announce an exciting upgrade made here at the KCC. Over a long weekend in late January 2013, we completed a huge remodel to our sensory gym.
Our Fun Factory Sensory Gym has been life changing for our family! The entire experience of having the FFSG team in our home was so enjoyable. The crew’s heart and soul is behind the work they’re doing. From the first phone call, FFSG was committed to helping our family and our 3 small children with their various special needs. We have already experienced the calming effects of the net swing and the multiple ways the entire gym provides sensory input and regulation for our intense sensory seekers. What a great tool for our family and more than worth the investment!