Sunday, May 3, 2009

More sensory goodies and photos!

All messy activities are in the basement. Thank God for the wet/dry vac!

Believe it or not I did mop this floor once since we moved in a couple months ago but from the look of the dust on Stephen's pants I need to do it again! I finally organized the basement this weekend so it should be easier to get most of the floor. Any tips on keeping the concrete clean?

Stephen likes to feel the different textures in each box, clockwise from top-macaroni, beans and rice.

Stephen is enjoying the Shiatsu massager chair pad.

Cleaning up the rice!

The kids got to try out the rice box in the kitchen before I got the basement organized. Love the Dust Buster!!


Anonymous said...

GREAT JOB! I'm so jealous! You have room to do all this... and I don't. :( How do your children like it? Does it help them organize themselves?

Isn't it funny what they'll do at school or therapy and will absolutely refuse to do at home!

Did this cost all that much, or did you do it over-time? I love the ball pit... but I'm thinking of doing a much smaller version. I got an idea from a friend to just get one of those pop up four sides tent and turn it upside down and dump a bunch of balls in it.

Queenbuv3 said...

As we speak my son is in the ball pit jumping around! He hasn't used it much over the past couple of weeks. We bought all this stuff over the past 2 weeks and I think he is just overwhelmed by all the new stuff. We were able to afford this with a DMR grant from the state. We have been on the waiting list for 3 years. There is no way we could have afforded to buy all this stuff with our tight budget!

I find that after he does some really stimulating activities I need to give him something relaxing like sitting in his glider and listening to music or having him sit on the massager pad. My son has very low muscle tone and has a hard time feeling where his body is in space so the ball pit or anything that gives him pressure or input to his body helps him feel connected to his body. Of course he also has a hard time regulating his reactions to stimulation and can become overstimulated so we just watch for signs that this is happening and redirect him to something less stimulating. He really likes his glider rocker and uses it every day.

My daughter needs a lot of physical things to do with all her energy. It definately helps her relax because she doesn't get overstimulated and it gives her an outlet for her endless energy.

Jen said...

Hi! I'm a mother of four children, all with a full mutation for Fragile X Syndrome. (If don't know about it, check out my link on my page.) :)
We have that same toy, and I never thought of using something other than sand for it! Actually, he's not very fond of sand, but he loves to play with rice...I'm going to go try that!