Play Tents [An Overlooked Tool for Sensory Processing Disorders]

How Tents Can Help With Sensory Processing Disorders

Sometimes we are looking for the perfect tools, aids or gifts for our children to help them with sensory processing disorders or disorders such as autism or Asperger’s that we often overlook some of the obvious and more basic choices. In some situations, it’s the most essential things that can help a child feel comfortable, relaxed, and remove the feeling of over-stimulation from their environments.

One of these tools/aids I’m referring to is nothing more than a pop-up tent.

That’s right. A simple and basic pop-up tent. So how can pop-up tents help a child suffering some sensory processing disorders? A pop-up tent provides a child with an escape where they can feel closed off from other mentally-stimulating situations and environments where they can calm down or even enjoy a good book.

At the end of the day, nothing else matters except that we find comfort, safety, and relaxation for our kids when they are experiencing these difficulties and when they are often quickly overwhelmed.

In this post, I wanted to break down some of the reasons why a pop-up tent may be an excellent solution for you and your family and the benefits it can provide. Let’s start diving into those details now.

Using A Pop-Up Tent for A Child with Sensory Processing Disorder

Often when a child is struggling with sensory processing disorders, it’s nothing more than needing a different environment or removing some of the other commotion and stimuli in the environment that can often overwhelm a child or give them a great deal of anxiety.

Especially children who have other conditions such as Autism or Asperger’s.

These conditions can often have a child feeling very on edge, uncomfortable, and unsafe if they become over stimulated and anything that can help them close off the world around them for a moment can help them significantly.

Other devices such as sensory socks and snuggly swings can surely help as well, but something even as simple as the pop-up-tent will also get the job very well.

Now, keep in mind that a pop-up tent will not provide some of the same deep pressure stimulation that other aids such as snuggly swings can offer but if this isn’t something recommended by an occupational therapist, then a pop-up tent will still 100% get the job done.

The More Fun You Have with It, The More Effective It Will Likely Be

Remember, your primary goal is to create a different world for your child, where they feel safe and comfortable. A pop-up tent can surely accommodate for this if you make the decision to have some fun with.

Choose a colorful tent for your child or grandchild. Place some books for reading within the tent. Even find ways to make the tent more comfortable with items such as pillows and blankets. The more it can seem like a new and separate environment for your child, the better.

Some parents even report their children using pop-up tents or also other aids such as sensory socks for hours at a time just to relax and enjoy one of their favorite books or also do their homework/schoolwork inside of.

The options are virtually endless if you decide to put some effort and creativity into the situation with your child.

Who Can Benefit the Most from Using A Pop-Up Tent for Sensory Processing Disorders

While almost any child with sensory processing disorders will enjoy a pop-up-tent for relaxing and calming down, specific individuals seem to benefit from pop-up-tents even more.

Most parents and occupational therapist agree that children with these specific personality traits will benefit significantly from a device such as a pop-up tent.

•    Children That Have Difficulty Controlling Emotion or That Can Easily Become Aroused

•    Children That Are Easily Stimulated (Especially If Visuals Tend to Over Stimulate a Child)

•    Children that Can’t Handle Change or Specific Transitions Easily.

If your child does need something such as a pop-up-tent to feel safe and comfortable in these situations, it’s best to make them as comfortable, unique, and safe for them as possible.

Often, it’s recommended to use items such as your child’s stuff animals, favorite toys, or favorite books and place them inside of the tent for use.

You can also have additional fun with the pop-up tent by providing items such as flashlights for your children to use their imagination and creativity to have additional fun with. Whatever the case may be, it’s possible to make a pop-up-tent a world of its own for your child.

What Kind of Tent Should I Purchase for My Child?

This is where using a tent for your child to help with sensory processing disorders is more unique than using other items we discussed previously.

The tent itself isn’t really the issue. You can get creative and choose a very large tent (if it can fit in your home) or even stick to a smaller tent that you can fit inside of your child’s bedroom.

This makes finding the perfect tent or using any style you choose completely possible while allowing you also to find something that fits into your specific budget.

Final Word, A Simple Pop-Up Tent May Be the Only Thing You Need for Your Child

It’s easy to get carried away looking for various toys, aids, and different sensory processing tools to help our children. However, as I stated in the beginning, it’s sometimes the simple things we can do for our kids that can provide the most significant benefits, and they are often overlooked.

If you have been looking for a tool for your own child or even grandchild to help with their sensory processing disorder, consider a pop-up tent. Just remember to get creative and make it as fun as possible for your kids and sit back and watch them enjoy a beautiful spot to relax, escape, and enjoy a good book.

What’s your take on using pop-up-tents for your children to help aid with sensory processing disorders? Do you find them to be effective and have you done anything special to make them even more appealing to your own kids? Be sure to share your comments and stories below.


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