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Any one have a Lycra Therapy Swing?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

My DD has SPD and has started OT.  (I am really new to all this and am in over my head at the moment.)

 

I'm looking for people that have a lycra therapy swing.  My DD has been using one in therapy and has expressed that having one at home would really help her.  I googled them and came up with:

 

Choice A) $78 (http://laceandfabric.com/blue-and-purple-Lycra-Autistic-Spacial-Swing-lycraspacialwing.htm?productId=187) that I can't see the attachment for the ceiling.

 

Choice B) $359 (http://www.autism-products.com/Autism_Swing_s/49.htm?gclid=CJutkZja7K8CFWQKRQodA3wx1g) that looks exactly like the one she used at OT.

 

I'm wondering if anyone has an opinion.  Choice A is much more in line with my budget (obviously).  But I'm nervous that it's so much cheaper than the "therapy" swing.  (I just don't want to buy something that won't last.  She will get very attached to it and will be tremendously sad and profoundly affected by it wearing out any time soon.  Therapy is really taking a toll on her.)

 

So, anyone have any experience with either of these swings?  Websites?

 

Thank you for your help.

 

(One rapidly drowning Mother.)

post #2 of 14

My only concern about the first one is that it doesn't seem quite as safe; it doesn't seem to have as much of a 'lip' that would help contain the child. The second one seems much more well made.
 

post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 

That is a very good point.  Thank you for the perspective. 

 

I just have this feeling there is a reason for such a price difference.  But I feel like this won't be the last item we'll purchase to make things easier for her.  So I don't want to buy the more expensive one without thinking it through .....

post #4 of 14

part of the reason for the price difference is almost certainly the weight rating - notice that the cheaper one only goes to 120lbs, while the expensive one goes to more than 2x that.   idk how big your kid is, but I wouldn't want to be anywhere near a weight limit on something that kids will bounce and play in while suspended. 

post #5 of 14

We have the first one and have been using it since last October with my 6 year old daughter. It's totally safe, we've used it indoors and outdoors with her. Ours is set up like a hammock but she can lie, swing, bounce, just sit, really go at it or just be mellow. It's amazingly versatile and she's never fallen out. Bottomed out a few times, but never fallen out.

post #6 of 14
Thread Starter 

The good news is my daughter is only 40 lbs, so weight cutoff won't be a problem for a while.  :D

 

Beachcomber, thank you for the feedback!  I feel better having someone that owns give their experience with it.  We did decide to go with the $78 model.  She so excited.  She has a plan for sitting in it already. 

post #7 of 14

So glad to hear it! You'll be amazed how much she use it, I bet.

post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 

I believe you're right.  She's already planning, where to hang it, how often she'll be in it, who will come and visit her while she's in there.  It's nice to see some optimism in her voice right now. 

 

I just didn't realize how hard OT was going to be for her.

 

Does your DD really like hers?  Does she use it for stress?  (I'm not trying to be nosy.  With your DD being close to my DD's age.  I was just curious how things are going for others.)
 

post #9 of 14

Hello,

 

I just found your discussion.  The catalog my son's OT gave him is from abilitations.com.  Try searching "swing" or "cuddle swing" ($147 for educator price, $197 regular) or "Carnino" Hammock Swing ($127 educator price. $170 regular)  They sell hardware, too for an additional $25-$30. Maybe your child's OT or teacher or other licensed health care professional can help you get one for the "educator price".  I'm looking for the same thing and am trying to figure out what to do for my 6 year old son.  Everything is so expensive, and I just don't have time to sew one myself, even if I had the patience given the demands of having a child with SPD. 
 

Best of luck.

 

Sue

post #10 of 14

What about getting BodySox instead of a swing?  Same stretchy fabric, but you don't have to worry about attaching it to the ceiling safely - she can just play in it on the floor, sofa or bed.  My kids use the BodySox at home and the swing at therapy.  You'll go bankrupt pretty quickly if you need everything to be the same at home and at therapy!  

 

The less expensive swing has a different fabric, different stitching and different ceiling attachment that account for the low price.  The more expensive swing is much more durable.

post #11 of 14

I had not planned on a lycra swing, but after reading this thread, maybe I need to ramp up my swings. We only have three -- a log roll, a platform, and a cheap canvas nest swing that looks like this:http://www.autism-products.com/Joki_Hammock_Swing_p/1353862.htm  She seems to have lost interest in her swings .  

 

We have a huge Vestibulator III swing frame we found for a steal on Craigslist.  http://www.adaptivemall.com/tufo2veiii.html

 

Does anyone have any suggestions about What other swings do you recommend?  Her therapist recommends some sort of device that will allow her to spin but the OT was not specific.  

post #12 of 14

We have a doorway bar from (Rainy Day indoor playground).  we have a special needs swing (like a baby swing but bigger), that I bought.  I also made a lycra cuddle swing from sewing instructions I found online.  It works great for us.

post #13 of 14
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Her therapist recommends some sort of device that will allow her to spin but the OT was not specific.

Have you seen the bilibo my kids love spiing round in theirs.

 

I've also been looking at these to attach to our climbing frame.
 

post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by Treasuremapper View Post

I had not planned on a lycra swing, but after reading this thread, maybe I need to ramp up my swings. We only have three -- a log roll, a platform, and a cheap canvas nest swing that looks like this:http://www.autism-products.com/Joki_Hammock_Swing_p/1353862.htm  She seems to have lost interest in her swings .  

 

We have a huge Vestibulator III swing frame we found for a steal on Craigslist.  http://www.adaptivemall.com/tufo2veiii.html

 

Does anyone have any suggestions about What other swings do you recommend?  Her therapist recommends some sort of device that will allow her to spin but the OT was not specific.  

If you get/make her a cuddle swing (lycra swing), there is an attachment you can get for $13 on amazon that will allow you to spin your child in circles which s/he's in the swing. I found this one for $87 and it includes the ceiling hardware to attach it to the ceiling. https://kidsdreamgym.com/products-page/cocoon-swings. Then just buy the safety swivel towards the bottom of this page https://kidsdreamgym.com/products-page/fixing-sets to get the "spin in circles" effect.

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