Blanket swings: vestibular input and opportunities for communication

February 7, 2019

 During music therapy we love finding ways to increase vestibular and proprioceptive input.  One simple way to increase vestibular input during a session is by using a blanket as a swing.  I typically use a sheet folded over in half.  The child lays on the sheet and two adults lift it between them creating a cocoon-like hammock with the child inside (blanket open at the top).  This also provides the child with a break from visual stimuli and can dampen auditory stimuli.

 

Our vestibular system is our sense of movement and balance.  Blanket swinging is a simple and effective way of providing this input and helping a child with autism to regulate.  Swing the blanket side to side and forward and backward.  This is also a great time to work on communication such as requesting "more," "go," and "up".  

 

A song provides structure to the activity, prompts language and helps children to know when the blanket swing will start and stop.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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