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IS 11 TOO OLD FOR AN AUTISTIC CHILD TO SWING?

Question:
Hi Sarah, I am an occupational therapist and I have a question for you. I work with an 11 year old with autism who has limited language. She finds swinging on a swing very calming and organizing for her brain. She will request to use the swing multiple times a day at school, especially when she is anxious or uncomfortable. She has recently transitioned to middle school. The staff here do not want to let her swing because they feel that she is too old to be swinging. They want us to find different forms of sensory input for her, although it is apparent that swinging is what works best for her. I am curious as an adult with autism how you feel about this?

-Kristen

Answer:
Pleased to have a backyard swing for adults. When I walk by our Community park, I see adults who swing on the larger equipment. If the student needs and likes it, why would a middle school say no! I vote that she keeps swinging so that she can open her mind to learning and making friends. Please tell them to help her. You are nice to care and try. My sister is an Occupational Therapist who helps lots too.

-Sarah

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