In 2014, Tori Brennan, a TCU sophomore studying Child Development & Psychology, came up with the concept behind The Lycra Climbing Structure. The Lycra Climbing Structure is an innovative type of playground equipment designed for children aged 5-12 with the goal of ameliorating symptoms of autism, sensory processing disorder, and other developmental disorders. Her idea utilizes a special type of fabric called “Lycra,” which is used in occupational and physical therapy clinics around the country to help those with sensory processing difficulties to self-regulate, integrate primitive reflexes, and develop gross motor skills.
The resistance of the fabric provides proprioceptive and deep tactile input into the nervous system, both of which are calming and organizing for children with certain disorders. After playing on the Structure, children will be able to concentrate and function better throughout the day.
Children playing on a prototype of the Lycra Climbing Structure
Tori’s overall goal is to encourage children of all abilities and neurological functioning to play, have fun, and work on their gross motor skills and sensory integration.