Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Interesting Web-site

The website for The Child Behavior Guide provides some interesting information and tools for parents as well as professionals working with children who exhibit behaviors as a result of difficulties with sensory processing (autism, ADHD, etc...).  Here is a quote from the website:
Dealing with child behavior is a constant battle with consistency, creativity, and keeping your sanity.

The following website is a FREE online resource for parents and professionals.

Learn ways to make your day run more smoothly and your life with children even more enjoyable than it already is.

I found the information to be easy to understand and clearly laid out.  It serves as a great introduction and allows the reader to build a foundation of knowledge from which to continue his or her own research.

The author of this website is a  Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with more than 15 years of experience working with children at many different levels of need, with many different child behavioral callenges as well as a mother just beginning to explore a sensory processing disorder with her own son. 

Check out the Child Behavior Guide here

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Never-Ending Cycyle of Laundry

I never thought it was humanly possible for one little creature to create an entire load of laundry in one day.  A pair of pajamas, 2 pairs of under wear, a shirt, pants, and socks most certainly will not fill up even the smallest of washing machines. 

Since we are talking about Crash here, I am even willing to concede an extra shirt (on the off chance that a drop of water may fall on it requiring him to change), an extra pair of underwear, and 3 pairs of socks.  This would seem perfectly normal and acceptable.

Crash has become quite independent at dressing himself.  To the point that I don't even realize he has changed his outfit.  He has learned that if he doesn't like how something feels, then he has to do something about it.  I am so thankful he can do something about it, so this isn't to complain.  I was just astonished when I actually counted the items in the hamper. 

4 pairs of underwear
5 shirts
3 pants
4 pairs of socks
3 pairs of pajamas

Although I could not tell what the problem was with some of them items, very clearly a number of them were completely filthy.  Wow, for one human to create so much laundry and so much dirty laundry at that, I was amazed.   Crashing, spilling, falling, rolling, jumping, wiping...sure does take its toll on clothing. 

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Ah Ha Moment

Why didn't I think of this sooner....

Crash loves his shoes tied exceptionally tight.  Seeing that
     a.  He can not tie his shoes independently
     b. I never seem to get them tight enough

I have come to dread putting on shoes.  We have tired velcro shoes and it result in a child flopping on the floor like a dead fish because he cannot possibly walk with shoes as loose as that.  Then, I discovered
Carter's shoes with bungie laces.  This was wonderful!  Crash can pull the bungie as tight as his heart desires, as often  as he likes.

Unfortunately, shoes wear out and I have been searching for a couple weeks for a replacement shoe with bungie laces.  And, wouldn't you know it, not a single store in town has a pair.  Seriously, I looked every where.  Here comes the ah ha moment...

Buy the bungie laces and put them in a regular pair of shoes.  Duhhh.  4.99 at Target solves the entire problem.  They didn't have an online link, but here is a similar lace from amazon

Crash can give his own feet hugs again!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Enforcing Rule #11

Please refer to the earlier post on details for rule #11

We all know Crash has tactile sensitivities and craves movement as a way to organize.  A wet shirt to Crash is like wearing a shirt made out of pins and needles, so I totally get his desire not to get his clothing wet.  But what may be a cute behind at age 3, will not be a cute behind at age 30.  So, how can we modify his drying routine to be a tad bit more modest and socially acceptable.

1. Someone else can dry Crash.
Well, this does not promote independence, and I would hate for him to have to bring his mommy to college to help him out.  And, if this isn't enough reason, Crash will drive you crazy attempting to direct you on where every drop of water is located.

2. Use a hair dryer.
I thought this was a brilliant idea.
What noise does a hair dryer make....
Some days he loves it, some days he hates it, and it usually sends him running wildly through the house.  Not to mention I created a monster who thinks every drop of water requires a hair dryer.  Do you love it, or hate it?  Some days I can't tell.

3. Rationalization.
I asked Crash where he was wet and why he couldn't get dressed.  He already gave me the answer.  His hair was wet.  So, we talked about getting dressed and what goes over your head and could get wet and what does not.  Come to find out he knows his pants go on his legs!  A big ahh ha moment.  As soon as we talked about this, he was able to put his underwear and pants on.

I am willing to compromise to avoid nakedness streaking through my house.  If Crash dries off on his own, and puts his pants and underwear on, I can wait until his hair is at an acceptable state of dryness before putting on a shirt.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Rule #11

Rule #11
imgres.jpgYou must be completely dry before getting dressed.                  
Not a drop of water can remain anywhere.   And, until that point of dryness is reached, nakedness is preferred.  Streaking through the  house is the acceptable mode of air drying.  Using a towel...that would be too easy.  When asked, "Crash, why don't you have any clothes on?  The response is always..."My hair is wet."

Hummm...So wet hair prevents you from putting on your pants?  I really want to see how you get dressed!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Things About Autism Virtual Conference

It's not often that you find something for free.  It's even more unlikely that it will be of quality, but check out this free virtual conference and look at who is speaking.  Looks to be very informative.  Check out more information and registration information here at Moms Fighting Autism

Things about Autism Conference MomsFightingAutism.com
April 10-11, 2010
Saturday – April 10, 2010
Event Page 8:00 – 8:50am - Temple Grandin, Ph.D .- Keynote: Teaching Through Specific Examples
Event Page 9:00 – 9:50amDr. Joshua Feder – DIR/Floortime
Event Page 10:00 – 10:50amValerie Paradiz, PhD – Supporting the Emerging Self Advocate with Autism Spectrum and Related Conditions
Event Page 11:00 – 11:50amMark Woodsmall – Special Education / Advocating for your Child / IEP
12:00pmLunch Break
Event Page 1:00 – 1:50pmAndrea Macken, M.A., B.C.B.A. – Title: Proactive Tools to Manage Challenging Behaviors of Children with Autism
Event Page 2:00 - 2:50pmplug in a pre-recorded  (BIOMED Rebecca Estepp) How To Start Biomedical Intervention
Event Page 3:00 – 3:50pmLisa LiebermanFinding Quality One-to-One Providers for a Child or Young Adult with ASD: Important Ingredients for Success in Hiring
Event Page 4:00 – 4:50pm Donna Williams, Dip Ed, BA HonsMeaning Deafness, Meaning Blindness, Body Disconnectedness; Agnosias in the Context of Autism

Sunday – April 11, 2010
Event Page 8:00 – 8:50amChantal and Jeremy Sicile-Kira – Keynote: Learning With Autism:  A Personal Viewpoint
Event Page 9:00 – 9:50amJonathan Alderson – Too Many Choices! How to Design a Multi-Treatment Approach to Educating and Supporting Children with Autism
Event Page 10:00 – 10:50amPeggy Schaefer – Neurologic Music Therapy: Rhythmic Applications for Autism
Event Page 11:00 – 11:50amDebbie Bialer – Absolutely Your Child Can Be Toilet Trained! A Revolutionary Approach for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Special Needs
12:00pmLunch Break
Event Page 1:00 – 1:50pm - Darlene Hanson – Augmenting Communication… Expanding Communication
Event Page 2:00 – 2:50pmStephanie Madrigal -
Event Page 3:003:50pmShannon Schlotman – The role of Occupational Therapy in improving learning and behaviour
Event Page 4:00 – 4:50pmMoira Giammatteo – Starting the Gluten Free Casein Free Diet

Thursday, April 8, 2010

A New Normal

Here is a link to the Cookville Times with a very interesting article about one parent's journey with sensory processing disorder. 

A New Normal

Anything sound familiar??

Sensory Seeks Dream Game

Who wants to sit in a chair and learn boring numbers or math facts.  Not me and certainly not Crash.  If its not moving or shaking, it's not very fun.  If math can not be fun...why learn it.  But check out this game.  You get to stomp on numbers and spin around.

"Pre-K and up. Get kids to think on their feet! Interactive talking floor mat with fast and crazy quiz games make learning math fun! Kids listen to the equation, do the math, and then step on the right answer. The game gets faster as their scores get higher! Features three games with two skill levels that reinforce numbers, counting, addition, and subtraction up to the number 20."                                       

Sensory Room

We had been spoiled for the past week with summer like weather. Crash has been able to play outside and jump and swing and crash till his heart is content. Gross motor activities help to regulate his system and keep him on a more even keel so to say.

Since it is only April, and no where near summer, the harsh weather has returned. So has my appreciation for the sensory room in our basement. I tend to take it for granted at times, because it is always there and Crash uses it independently for the most part. But I sure do love having it around this week.

The kids are on spring break, and it has been raining and is to cold to play outside. With Crash just itching for movement, I have rediscovered my appreciation for this room. Here are some pictures of our favorite things:
 A big crash mat
(A duvet cover 1.00 clearance at IKEA) filled with pillows
or cushion remnants)

(Good from spinning and all around swinging.  Great vestibular input)
(Great proprioceptive input.  Helps increase core strength)

Rope Ladder
Great for climbing, swinging, and crashing (into crash mat)
Homemade hammock swing

Home made fabric tunnel
(Great resistance work pushing a therapy ball through.  Lots of tactile input 
from fabric clinging to body as you go through)

The floor is lined with EVA foam exercise gym flooring and there are gym mats under the swings as well. 

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter drama...no more

There are certain battles reserved for certain times and places and Easter morning is not one of those times.  There is so much to do and so much fun to be had there is no sense spoiling it with known causes of meltdowns.

This year, Crash's brother went and picked out a very cute Easter outfit and happily put it on.  I didn't even take Crash shopping...see I have learned. I talked with Crash's brother this am about what he was going to wear to church (in front of Crash of course...hoping that by some miracle he may have had a change of heart towards clothing), and then he went to get dressed.

I asked Crash what he was going to wear to church.  He said his bestest Easter clothes.  I almost fell over dead.  Bestest Easter clothes...was he kidding me!  I quickly ran int his room and found some of his brothers old dress clothes kicking myself for not taking him shopping.

He looked at me like I was crazy.  He said he didn't need any help.  Ok Crash, get dressed and come find me if you need anything.

A few minutes later he comes out in his favorite Star Wars shirt.   If it is his favorite, it is his best...can't fault the logic. 

Love ya Crash.   We made it through Easter morning without a meltdown!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Trials and Tribulations with Sand

Oh how far we have come!

Sand used to be our nemesis, and wouldn't you know, most playgrounds are covered in it.  A place that is supposed to be "sensory friendly" had become my worst nightmare.  All that wonderful proprioceptive input from climbing and crashing took a backseat to safety. 

You see a child with tactile sensitivities like Crash can not stand the grainy consistency of sand.  Not on his hands and most certainly not on his feet.  To make matters worse, if he happened to get to the playground equiptment "sand-free" as soon as his hands came in contact with the awful substance he would let go of whatever he was holding on to no matter where he was and what he was doing. 

Talk about heart failure.

Well, a year later, look how far we have come!

Although he tries to stay out of the sand as much as possible, he is able to enjoy a fun day at the beach when completely engrossed in an activity.  When he is not completely engrossed, he will still tip toe around in the sand and walk with his fingers spread out as far as possible, but he is able to enjoy and have FUN!  A huge accomplishment for Crash!  Way to Go!