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This #GivingTuesday, Footprints Center for Autism (FCA) will be conducting an online campaign to raise $2,000 for a complete therapy swing set.
#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this year’s #GivingTuesday will take place on November 27th and will kick off the giving season by inspiring people to collaborate and give back.
The $2,000 raised through this #Giving Tuesday campaign will be put towards purchasing a complete therapy swing set for the children attending Footprints Center for Autism. When many people think of a swing, they think of a fun piece of playground equipment seen in any park or on any school yard. A therapeutic swing has a more strategic and planned purpose. The platform swing is a flat swing that rotates in a 360-degree direction while also moving in a back-and-forth motion. This constant motion provides vestibular movement which can help a child experience calming sensations, increased attention for activities, and improve their overall mood. The hugging swing gives children the feeling of deep pressure (which provides proprioceptive input) while simultaneously achieving the same benefits of a platform swing. The complete therapy swing set will include both of these swings, as well as the swing frame, the height adjustment system, and the padding for the legs of the frame. 
This equipment will play a vital role in assisting the therapists and interventionists at FCA in carrying out the organization’s mission to provide comprehensive, collaborative, and child-centered programming. Often, children with autism struggle with sensory processing, which creates a need for different kinds of input. Having access to the type of vestibular input that a therapy swing provides is often a key part of the sensory plans put in place by licensed therapists to help with a child’s regulatory needs. This input also helps children more effectively attend to a task once this sensory need has been met.
You can donate anytime between now and November 27th- every donation counts!