Today I took my ten month old son to Sense-Able Gym. It is one of a few sensory gyms in the Dallas area. These "gyms" don't have traditional exercise equipment like ellipticals or weight sets, but rather, they are stocked with hammock-like swings, rock climbing walls, roller slides, tunnels, and "crash pads". These gyms are all about letting a kid improve sensory, motor, and social development by letting them explore sensory experiences like climbing, tugging, swinging, crashing, and falling. Many sensory gyms, besides letting families bring their kids in for free-play or sensory circuits, also have pre-school programs and other fun weekly activities. For children with sensory integration dysfunction or challenges with fine or gross motor skills, sensory gyms can both be a respite from a disorganized world and a place to improve motor skills and sensory processing. For my son, today was all about practicing of his new army crawling skill, enjoying the swings, and about experiencing a new place. When we got home he had a two hour nap. We will definitely be back!
Below, is another mother's experience with Sense-Able Gym in her own words.
"My boys (ages 7 and 2&1/2) have loved Sense-Able Gym ever since we discovered it two years ago. They have plenty of diverse equipment and activities that appeal to kids across varying age levels, from infants and toddlers through preschool and school age. As a busy mom, I love that we don't have to schedule sessions and/or be limited to certain time slots for when we drop in to play. Through ECI being allowed to come have sessions using their equipment and our frequent play visits there, Sense-Able was one of the first places our younger son tried crawling and pulling up to cruise and walk. Our older son has gotten plenty of sensory integration, started becoming braver with swings, climbing, and has been in a karate class there for over a year. Also, we held a joint birthday party there and had enough variety to keep both kids' friends (ages 6 and 1 at the time) happy and busy at the same time. Whether you need therapy equipment to work on, social interaction with other kids and parents, or just an air conditioned indoor gym where your children can play for hours, they are a great affordable option. The ladies who are the owners and their staff are incredibly friendly and helpful."
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