The Floating Bed ® is one of the best sleep system beds for special needs children you can provide. Hanging beds can assist with disabilities including but not limited to: Autism, Autism Spectrum Disorder, PDD-NOS, Aspergers, Fragile X, ADD, ADHD, & a wide range of Learning Disabilities.
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The Floating Bed ® assists with Vestibular Therapy, as well as providing a "Safe Zone" for children with sensory processing disorders. Over 75% of special needs children and adults have sleep problems which contribute to continuing overall health issues. Safe & environmentally friendly, non-toxic materials.
Our country is beginning to recognize the epidemic rise in children with Autism and Autism related disorders. Studies show that the sooner treatment begins, the better the chances for improvement. Delaying treatment results in greater financial distress for families and states providing services. Early Intervention is key to many more successful outcomes!
The Omni-Pendulum or “floating” motion is unique because it is the only motion that is calming to the Vestibular System, while stimulating the processing and learning centers. Other types of motion are often over-stimulating and cause anxiety, while Vestibular Motion Therapy (VMT or VT) is relaxing. This has been known for centuries, and used for a variety of conditions.
Vestibular Therapy is beneficial for a special needs person, because they experience increased visual, auditory, & tactile sensory input, and relaxation at the same time, due to the gentle motion. (See the Health Benefits page for a full explanation.) This aids the special needs child or adult by helping them connect with the outer world, allowing them to come out of their world, making them more socially aware of their surroundings. In this engaged, more peaceful state, they are able to concentrate more easily, & learn more efficiently. Children can become better listeners and interact more fully with their parents, teachers and therapists. Teaching special needs children becomes easier and more effective using the Floating Bed, as most of these children feel more secure and safe in it. Adding the netting or "tent" around the bed can create an even calmer, more serene environment.
The Floating Bed is strong enough that Parents, Teachers, and Therapists can actually sit with the child on the Bed and conduct therapy sessions in it. Moving gently together creates a shared experience, one that fosters closeness and an emotional bonding that is very real. It helps the child feel connected and stable. This type of connection does not happen in chairs, on a sofa or bed, etc. A therapist can work with a child this way without crossing any professional boundaries, if that is an issue. "Crashers" or children with sensory issues can still jump, bounce and even have a meltdown in a safe, soft, comfortable environment. With the optional tent, you can create the closed-in space necessary for these children to feel as though they can escape the anxiety and pressures, and be in the safety net provided by their individualized “home.”
Looking at it another way, what do most people want? To have fun! - while maintaining a degree of safety. Which child is going to be engaged, pay attention and learn faster; a happy child, or an unhappy one? A child who has the tools & support to learn will be happier, safer and more socially aware, resulting in a happier more stable life than a child whom is allowed to "stay in their own world,” never making social gains. A Floating Bed, although therapeutic in nature, is one of the most fun and responsible gifts you can give your child. It can allow them to feel more like normal functioning individuals who benefit from longer sleep patterns. It can make therapy for special needs children more enjoyable and less stressful on the entire family.
Sleep problems are too common with all ASD disorders. Sleep patterns affect all aspects of life, including mood, ability to learn and grow, and general overall health. A rested child learns faster, and is easier to work with. Children love The Floating Bed. They can play in it and entertain themselves (this play with the bed & their body in motion is a fun kind of learning too), until they fall asleep. They are in control of their own movement, allowing them to adjust the motion by using their own bodies. If they do wake, any motion that they make will re-introduce the gentle rocking, which is calming. This is more likely put them back to sleep, so intervention is not necessary nearly as often, compared to a sedentary bed. The Floating Bed can help the entire family to have more normal sleep patterns and longer periods of sleep without the narcotics widely used.
Rocking Beds for Special Needs children. If you have ever seen children playing or receiving therapy in an adaptive swing, or read the Sensory Integration work of Dr Jean Ayres, you may already know a bit about the benefits of “floating” motion. Jean Ayres was an expert on providing sensory input to help organize the central nervous system for teaching children with autism, on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, etc. The Floating Bed was designed for many uses, including Sensory Integration Therapy (SIT), learning therapy, play therapy, calming, and sleep. It is much more beneficial than simple indoor swings, balance toys, a swing chair, or cause & effect toys. It is practical, and the child can benefit from it 24 hours a day if necessary. Many children with ASD or Autism will use it often as a "Safe Zone." They can retreat at their leisure and learn self-calming techniques and have personal moments while in the safety of their home.
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You can ask us questions about usage, space, installation, find out about the models and options, and anything else. We stay with you from the time of ordering thru assisting & answering questions with regard to the installation (which is not that complicated) to completion. Please call 888 528 6031 now with your first questions. We are here to help.
Hear first-hand accounts about the special needs benefits of the Floating Bed ®
William LOVES his Floating Bed. He sleeps better requiring less intervention. He is able to learn quicker and for longer periods of time. It has changed our lives.
Hannah Brill, founder, Williamsworldautism.com
With its gentle, shared vestibular stimulation, the Floating Bed offers an indescribably relaxing, comforting, and unifying experience, even with no physical touch at all ... it has to be experienced to be believed.
Matthew McNatt, director, McNatt Learning Center www.mcmattlearningcenter.com
The Floating Bed has aided individuals with sensory issues by allowing the autistic child to escape during the therapy we conduct for "time outs" when he is feeling overwhelmed or over anxious.
Meg Swearengin OT
Our son is 7, severely autistic. Sleeping 4-6 hours per day, 2 hours at a time, was beginning to take its toll on our entire family. The Floating Bed saved our lives! The gentle rocking motion allows him to sleep longer periods of time as the movement gently rocks him back to sleep! We couldn't do it without the Floating Bed.
The Floating Bed is great for allowing me to interact effectively with my severely autistic patient. It provides a calm gentle area for us to be able to conduct our therapy sessions with less frustration and anxiety. Thank you Floating Bed!
Kelsey Villavazo -- Autism caregiver