**Please note all ideas shared in this blog post are to be done at your own risk or discretion. It’s recommended to have an engineer or contractor assess your ceiling structure to determine whether it is safe and sturdy.
During OT sessions, parents often want ideas they can replicate at home, especially activities their kids really enjoy. Swinging often falls in this category.
Part of classical sensory integration therapy includes using suspended equipment and therapeutic swings. Although there are lots of other effective and fun ways for children to get movement input without swings, swings are an option for the home.
The following are some ideas of how to install a swing for your child at home:
Here is a great resource explaining different ceiling hooks. This is where an engineer or contractor will help.
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Nice step by step directions from the DIY Network:
This blog post is written by a parent describing the process:
This is a good alternative if you can’t access a ceiling for swings, especially if you happen to have a double doorway. 🙂 Prior to my current clinic space, I used the Rainy Indoor Playground Support Bar, however now am fortunate to have a larger area.
See how these two parents have used their doorway for swings:
I can personally recommend the Rainy Indoor Playground Support Bar. It’s so easy to install and if you move or rent homes, the holes from the screws can very easily be patched up. For those in the UK, it can be purchased from Sensory Direct here:
Many parents have also installed a pull-up bar in their doorway from which they’ve attached a swing or trapeze.
For those in the US, there’s an Indoor Gym which I haven’t tried but looks interesting.
3) LOFT BED
I’d love to do this when my son is ready to sleep in a loft bed.
4) A STRONG TREE!
My neighbors are so lucky to have a great tree from which they’ve hung a cool IKEA swing for their kids. If you do too, consider attaching swings there.
Here’s a tree swing kit on Amazon.
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For all of the above ideas, be sure to put down an old mattress, crash pad or gym mat under and around the swing for safety.
Happy Swinging! 🙂