Using an Airwalker Swing and Other Autism Toys for Strength Training

Much of your time lately has been committed to finding different cognitive and behavioral therapies to help your loved one with autism as best you can.

However, you may be forgetting one of the most pivotal areas in which such people need help: muscular strength training.

I’m not talking about lifting weights, but mild strength training is often one of the most overlooked areas of care for people with developmental issues, typically because so many of us are concerned with treating the mind.

This is hardly earth shattering, but as you probably aren’t surprised to hear, one of the best ways to treat the mind, of course, is to treat the body.

The premise of this article is dedicated to sharing with you my personal experience with autism toys, namely, the Airwalker Swing, to help build the mind of my child with developmental issues – through subtle strength training for his body.

A Closer Look at Autism Toys – The Airwalker Swing
Think of it as a giant spandex cocoon. It needs to be suspended, from the ceiling or sturdy fixture in your home, or from a tree or something similar outside of it.

Like a therapeutic hammock, an Airwalker Swing encourages the child to crawl back and forth to the openings on each end, or simply sit in the middle and roll around there.

Constant, enveloping contact is typically how the Airwalker Swing works. By wrapping tightly to the body of your child, it helps promote a number of key areas, not the least of which include spatial intelligence, sensory stimulation and, of course, physical strength.

How Helpful is It?
I’d say it’s very helpful. For people with or without developmental issues, strength training is hugely helpful in a number of different physical, psychological and cognitive aspects.

The problem, as you’re surely aware, is that people with developmental issues have a difficult time getting access or the opportunity to exercise in a meaningful way.

I’d say this is one of the biggest benefits of autism toys and an Airwalker Swing specifically. It offers you a specialized approach to one of the most needed areas of care.

How Does it Help?
We’ll spare you the advanced biochemistry lesson. However, know that, when you exercise, your muscles are naturally conditioned to want to grow, to ensure that they’re never taxed the same way again in the future. (This is an animalistic instinct that persists in all of us, whenever we engage in any type of strenuous physical activity.)

You’ve surely heard this.

What you may not know about, though, are the myriad psychological and cognitive effects. Again, we’ll simplify for you, but the main drivers of this psychological boost are serotonin and dopamine, feel-good neurochemicals that are released after exercise.

Simply, autism toys make it easier to get that exercise.

This isn’t some short-term thing. Rather, with consistent exercise, the body’s natural baseline levels of serotonin and dopamine actually begin to climb. Moreover, the spike in those natural levels of neurochemicals tends to excite more brain activity, which, of course, begins to incorporate more brain cells into higher cognitive function.

Not only does this help with problem solving and other related activities, but it also helps significantly with mood. Similarly, studies show that, after prolonged periods of calm and serenity, the body’s levels of serotonin and dopamine tend to begin to climb. For your child, this creates decreased levels of stress, which essentially has the adverse effect.

Therefore, in a way, physical exercise with autism toys and/or an Airwalker Swing can be one of the most productive ways to treat the psychological and cognitive states of your child.

If you’re looking for autism toys, I’d say an Airwalker Swing is a useful tool.

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