When Yogibo was first invented, it was to help the founder’s pregnant wife find a comfortable position to sleep in. Little did they know that their bean bag products would also be beneficial for people suffering from various sensory disorders like ADHD and Autism. However, that’s exactly how schools and caregivers across the globe are using the Yogibo chairs and back supports in classrooms, bedrooms, and living spaces.
An Outlet for Excess Energy
Kids (and some adults) with ADHD often feel like they have a motor running inside them that they can’t stop. They need to run around to get this excess energy out, and often they enjoy jumping and crashing into things as well. Since this can be somewhat dangerous, depending on what they jump on or crash into, they need a soft landing space, and Yogibo provides that with its body-conforming bean bag chairs.
The Yogibo bean bag chairs are filled with microbeads that shift with pressure, so when a body lands on it, no matter how hard, the beads gently shift to support that body, creating a soft landing pad for enthusiastic children. The Yogibo Max in particular is large enough to give someone plenty of surface area to jump on and it’s durable enough to withstand the abuse.
Comfort to Keep Them Still
When it’s time for a person with ADHD to settle down and focus on a task, it can be difficult to get them to stay in a traditional chair, which isn’t designed to provide them with the sensory input they need to feel safe and secure. This feeling of security is necessary to allow people with ADHD to focus on something other than their body. The cotton-blend fabric that makes up the cover and the body-conforming nature of the microbead filling wraps the person in a cocoon-like structure that encourages them to remain still.
With full body support that doesn’t produce pressure points, the person with ADHD can sit for as long as possible without needing to get up and relieve their pain. This not only encourages them to focus on the task at hand, but gives their wired body some much-needed rest from typical over-stimulation.
Gentle Pressure for Sensory Input
Children with autism often have sensory needs that typical kids don’t. For example, they frequently need to feel gentle pressure on their bodies to understand where they are in space. The Yogibo bean bag products provide this slight pressure when a person sits or lays on the furniture because the microbeads conform to the body. As such, the person will feel the Yogibo gently supporting their arms, legs, back, and neck. This pressure, while subtle, provides a comforting feeling for people with autism, keeping them calm and content for a longer period of time.
The need to have a washable product isn’t unique to kids with special needs, but if your Yogibo is going to be used extensively by kids, you’re going to love the washable cover. All Yogibo products come with a removable, washable cover so that when you need to freshen your furniture up, you can simply remove the cover and toss it in the washer and dryer.
Schools, caregivers, and people with special needs are discovering the many benefits of Yogibo and are ensuring they have at least one on hand to provide the comfort and softness that people with ADHD or autism often need. If you love someone with a sensory disorder, the Yogibo may be just what you’re looking for to help them succeed in multiple environments.