The sturdily constructed bouncing chair from TFH is available in three different sizes. The size you’ll need will depend on the weight and height of the child – the following is provided as a guideline only as the head is the heaviest part of the body and has most leverage in the chair.
Little (8BOCHL) in dark blue for children weighing 16-20kg; age recommendation up to 6yrs; height from seat to top of frame 53cms; width 50cms; depth of seat 16cms.
Regular (8BOCH) in light blue for children weighing 20-25kg; age recommendation up to 6ys; height from seat to top of frame 63cms; width 50cms; depth of seat 21cms.
Bigger (8BOCHX) in red for children weighing between 25 and 30kg; age recommendation up to 9 yrs; height from seat to top of frame 80cms; width 50cms; depth of seat 27cms.
The perpetual motion of the bouncing chair provides vestibular and proprioceptive input for children with a range of sensory processing disorders. When the child moves, the chair moves and kinetic energy keeps it moving until it gradually slows down and then stops, requiring the child to move again in order to continue bouncing.
Bouncing is a widely used technique to help calm anxious children and can be particularly beneficial for those on the autism spectrum. The gentle, repetitive motion helps to reduce anxiety through a physical action that requires no thought.
A significant number of children diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) may also have sensory processing disorders. These children may benefit from spending time sitting in a bouncing chair – either just gently bouncing or whilst undertaking another activity such as reading.