The Journal of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus reported that one of the most innocent activities your child with autism takes pleasure in may harm him or her.
Therapeutic Swings let children with autism feel the cool wind in their hair and have tons of fun, but researchers found that prolonged playing tears the equipment. This means that while your child concentrates on fun, tiny fragments of metal shards splinter off and are likely to enter your child’s eye.
Researchers include a physician from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and Bnei-Zion Medical Center, Haifa, Israel; and another from the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC), Cincinnati, OH. The latter discovered the shards were from the child’s home-made swing after he “asked the mother to recall the child’s activities from the time that he wakes up to the time that he goes to bed.”
Parents are advised to protect their children with autism from this potential threat. One thing you can do to prevent metal shards getting into your child’s eye is to arm them with protective eye wear when they swing for long, and even short, periods of time. Encourage them by noting how cool they look, and they’ll be more likely to want to protect themselves and keep swinging happily. You can also adjust the swing apparatus.