Rocking Towards Serenity: How Joggling Boards Soothe Kids with Autism

Rocking Towards Serenity: How Joggling Boards Soothe Kids with Autism

In April, we not only celebrate the vibrant hues of Spring but also want to shine a spotlight on Autism Awareness Month. So today, let's dive into a topic close to our hearts: how joggling boards can provide a soothing sanctuary for kids with autism.

Autism is a complex neurological condition that affects individuals in various ways, often leading to sensory sensitivities and challenges with regulation. Many children on the autism spectrum find comfort and relief in repetitive movements and sensory stimuli—a concept known as self-stimulation or "stimming." And what better way to embrace the power of soothing motion than with the gentle rocking motion of a joggling board?

Meet our friend Joseph.

Joseph was very nervous and anxious before a planned therapy appointment.  On a whim, the therapist placed Joseph on our child sized joggling board.  You can watch the anxiety and fear wash out of his little body.  It's as if he found a little oasis of calm in a world that can sometimes feel a bit too loud and chaotic.


The benefits of joggling boards extend far beyond mere relaxation. For children with autism, these boards provide a safe outlet for sensory exploration and expression. The tactile sensation of the wood beneath their bodies, the subtle vibration of the board in motion—it's a symphony of sensory input that speaks directly to their unique needs and preferences.

Moreover, joggling boards offer a form of proprioceptive input, which can help children with autism improve their body awareness and coordination. As they navigate the gentle rocking motion, they're engaging their muscles, honing their balance, and developing a deeper sense of spatial awareness—all while having fun and experiencing the joy of movement.

So, as we honor what's left of Autism Awareness Month, let's remember the power of rocking towards serenity. Let's celebrate the unique strengths and abilities of children on the autism spectrum, and let's continue to create inclusive environments where every child feels seen, heard, and valued.

Together, let's rock on towards a brighter, more inclusive future—one joggle at a time.

 

Cheers,
Chris, Kristi, Wiley, Oliver & Luella Outland

 

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