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!

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