Children diagnosed with autism have challenges with sensory overload. The Sensory Chair, designed with input from Patrick's family and therapists, was created to provide Patrick with an enclosed, secure, distraction-free space that allows him the movement he needs to adjust and perform repetitive calming behaviors, to concentrate, and to relax.
Patrick was having difficulties; An eight-year-old who was constantly in motion, he needed a space to sit and focus on homework, and could use a calm place where he could enjoy some screen time and play.
His parents wrote us; “We are limited with a comfortable place for our son to sit and quietly do homework and have screen time for play. We do not have a desk as space is limited. The table is very hard for him to focus as there is a lot of distraction and noise. His bed doesn’t work because he cannot complete work without a proper space. He is in need of a rocking vestibular motion which that is a big issue for our son. He is in constant motion making it hard for him to focus.”
His therapists noted that a rocking, vestibular motion helped others diagnosed with autism settle and focus, and rocking chair therapy can be a part of sensory integration therapy.
The Sensory Chair provides a secure space where Patrick can remove outside distractions, secure and limit his physical space, and rock to regain his focus. It fits into the same footprint as a traditional chair, has a pull down screen to reduce visual distractions, and straps to secure his feet and settle his physical anxiety.
Materials: Plywood, fabric screen