Enhancing therapy: the power of a sensory gym

By Georgina Pearce, Practice Principal and Occupational Therapist at Early Start Australia Buderim

Young boy swinging on sensory gym swing smiling at his female occupational therapist.

In the realm of children’s occupational therapy and speech therapy, creating an environment that engages children and facilitates their development is paramount.

Recognising this need, some of our clinics have introduced a cutting-edge sensory gym to complement our therapy services.

In this blog post, we’ll explore the benefits of a sensory gym and how it enhances the therapy experience for children and families.

Creating an engaging environment

Our sensory gyms are designed to be a friendly and welcoming spaces that ignite curiosity and encourage exploration.

A variety of equipment, gym mats and an adaptable space create an environment where children feel excited to participate in therapy activities.

Meeting diverse needs

Every child is unique, with their own set of strengths and challenges.

Our sensory gyms are equipped with a diverse range of equipment to accommodate different sensory preferences and therapeutic goals.

From swings and climbing structures to tactile play stations and sensory mats, we provide opportunities for children to engage in activities that suit their individual needs and preferences.

Facilitating sensory integration

For many children receiving occupational therapy or speech therapy, sensory integration plays a crucial role in their development.

Our sensory gym offers a variety of sensory experiences that help children regulate their sensory systems and improve their ability to process and respond to sensory input.

Whether they’re swinging on a platform swing, jumping on a trampoline, or exploring textures in our sensory bins, children have the opportunity to engage their senses in a controlled and supportive environment.

Sally Swing edited

Promoting motor skills development

In addition to supporting sensory integration, our sensory gyms also focus on promoting the development of motor skills.

Through activities such as climbing, jumping, balancing, and crawling, children can build strength, coordination, and gross motor skills in a fun and engaging way.

Our therapists work closely with each child to design activities that target their specific motor skill needs, helping them make progress and achieve their therapy goals.

Enhancing communication skills

For children receiving speech therapy, the sensory gym provides a dynamic setting for practicing communication skills.

Interactive games, imaginative play areas, and socialisation opportunities allow children to engage in meaningful interactions with their peers and therapists.

By incorporating speech therapy techniques into play-based activities, children can work on language development, social communication, and pragmatic skills in a naturalistic and enjoyable context.

Fostering confidence and independence

Above all, our sensory gyms are a place where children can feel empowered to explore, learn, and grow.

By providing opportunities for success and celebrating each child’s achievements, we help foster confidence and independence.

Whether they’re conquering an obstacle course, mastering a new speech sound, or navigating a balance beam, children leave our sensory gym feeling proud of their accomplishments and excited to continue their therapy journey.


We’re here to support you

At Early Start Australia we believe that every child deserves the opportunity to thrive.

Our sensory gyms are not just a space for therapy – it’s a place where children can discover their strengths, overcome challenges, and reach their full potential.

By combining innovative therapy techniques with a stimulating and supportive environment, we’re proud to offer a holistic approach to paediatric therapy that addresses the unique needs of each child we support.

Contact our clinics below for more info about therapy and sensory gyms!

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