Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Body sox rock!

I bought a few fun things online to add to Nate's sensory box. He loves his body sock. These things run about $50 but oriental trading.com had one super cheap for about $15. It is definitely cheap quality but it does what it needs. Nate loves it and has been curling up in it to watch tv or just roll around. He had OT and ST today. His SPIO is coming next week. Woo hoo!! It's a deep pressure vest that helps his body awareness. My crapola insurance won't pay for anything that's sensory related. They are also not paying part of Nate's eval with the developmental ped. I'm going to call them again tomorrow since they said they'd pay 100% over the phone. Grrrr.

I'm curious to see how he relates to the other things I got. I'll update after he plays with them.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Kool aid playdough

1 cup flour
1 package Kool-aid
1 cup boiling water
3 tablespoons canola oil

In a medium bowl mix together flour and koolaid. Add boiling water and 3 T of oil. Stir until combined and a dough forms. If cool enough kneed until not sticky. Voila! Smelly, Colorful playdough!

Keep in a plastic ziploc or in something with a lid in the fridge so it lasts longer.

Potty Learning is getting closer!!

Nate had a great weekend! First off he pooped in the potty everyday! In the early evening between 6pm and 7pm, I told him it was time to poop. I took him in the bathroom and he sat on the potty. I handed him our portable DVD player and turned on They Might Be Giants: Here come the ABCs. Within 20minutes he pooped! Woo hoo!! The sensation to poop is so intense for Nate that he has to be 'focused' on something in order to relax enough to go. He is really into the ABCs video and it works! When I went to get him diagnosed the Dev. Ped suggested letting him watch a movie. D'oh! Why didn't I think of it sooner!! Anyway we are really happy!

Secondly we went to a small local carnival. For a sensory seeker it's been a little bizarre that he doesn't like rides. They have always freaked him out. Well he actually went on a pony ride. I walked with him just in case he decided to bail but he didn't. I was so proud of him. After that he rode 2 more rides. Then he physically stopped me with his arms and said, 'Big strawberry!' and pointed to a tea cup type ride that were giant strawberries. I was too nervous to let him go alone since there are no seat belts so I went with him. He totally loved it. I was making it spin and he loved yelling, whoa!! It was too cute.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Raising a sensory seeker

My 4.5yo son is a sensory seeker. When he gets out of whack he jumps, crashes, smashes until he feels his body again. He was recently diagnosed with PDD-NOS which is on the Autism Spectrum. He is a happy kiddo and as his mom, I'm trying to help him as much as I can. It's difficult sometimes since he has an older sister that tends to feel neglected. I'm trying to include her in his sensory diet so she doesn't feel left out. I want to use this blog to help other people that are going through the same things we are.