It breaks your heart to see your child with developmental issues upset.
Fortunately, in my experience as a parent of a child with autism, there are a number of useful tools out there to help not only mitigate issues of mood on the spot, but also to help create a better, healthier baseline mood for your child with autism in the future.
It’s been over 10 years since our angel was born, and autism toys have been very helpful with ensuring that he has the best and healthiest mood possible.
This article is dedicated to sharing with you one of these autism toys, the Airwalker Swing, how it works, how it promotes a healthy mood, and what that mood means.
First, let’s consider the toy.
What is an Airwalker Swing?
Think of it as a giant Spandex hammock. Only, one specially designed for use by people with developmental issues to stimulate a number of important areas of growth.
These are simple autism toys. They simply hang from the ceiling of your home or from a tree outside, and create a long, enveloping tunnel of support for your child.
The sky is really the limit for how your child can use it and other autism toys. Many crawl, from one opening to the other. Many simply sit in the middle and roll about.
What’s important, I’d say, isn’t how they’re using it but whether they are at all. What seems particularly helpful is that it can be used not only to promote a general betterment of mood all the time, but it can also be used effectively in the event of any type of issue or incident, as a release to whatever stresses may have triggered it.
Now, we’ll look at the benefits.
What Does Helping Mood Mean?
There are a number of physical and psychological effects of both a good and bad mood.
You’re surely familiar with a bad mood, and not only the immediate physical feelings that you experience in the moment, but also the effects that seem to follow.
This is because – and we’ll try to spare you the advanced biochem lesson here – a bad mood tends to force your body to release dopamine and serotonin to cheer you up. While this can be greatly effective in the short term of calming you down (this is why you tend to feel inexplicably better after “a good cry”) over time, such chronic stresses essentially wring out your pituitary gland, leaving you with few of these chemicals.
That becomes particularly problematic, because these chemicals are vital to a number of different functions (problem solving, critical thinking, memory and others). They’re also vital to other functions that help promote those functions, such as sleep.
You can imagine how difficult these stresses are on you, and I’m sure that as you’re reading this you’re nodding along to all of the physical detriment you’ve experienced.
Now, imagine what it must be like for a child with developmental issues.
In my experience, regular use of autism toys and Airwalker Swings can be greatly helpful in not only preventing future adverse effects of stress and reversing past ones, but also actually promoting better psychological well-being after prolonged use.
Exercise Helps, Too
Upon reading about dopamine and serotonin, you’re probably saying to yourself, I’ve heard this before. That’s because you have, most likely as they pertain to exercise.
The body doesn’t care about setting. To it, exercise is exercise. Whether that’s you running 20 miles a day or your child rolling about in an Airwalker or with other autism toys, taxing the body in a controlled, healthy way can help promote good brain health.
Ask your doctor about these ideas and other autism toys that can be used, too.
As for my personal recommendation, I’d say go for it.