anyone use an exercise ball?

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anyone use an exercise ball?
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Sun, 01-09-2005 - 9:42am

We got an exercise ball per request of our wonderful ot. Tj loves it-so do the girls. When we first started he would only "play" with the ball for short periods of time, now he will rock laying on his back with a heavy pillow on him for about an hour strait crying if I try to stop. This happens 3-4 times a day. Does anyone else have this issue? He also has what his ot calls a fidget-today it is a Dora the Explorer backpack notebook. He will hold on to this so tight his nuckles turn white. He will hold on until he falls asleep before we can take it away. I finally got the report from the pychologist that saw TJ in October( too slow ). She said that he has severe sensory issues, many autism traits, and shows signs of adhd. I stumped her when I asked how much of his attention problem was because of the sensory issues! She thinks he may be having seziures too. So she suggested taking him to a different neurologist asap. His appointment is March 2. When I told her this she suggested calling every few days to check if there has been any cancelations. She is starting to scare me some with the whole thing. Does anyone else see a pyschologist? She asked me what I needed her to do and I was like duhh. What does a pyscholgist do anyway? I thought she was here for TJ not me. Sorry to ramble it is just after going out last night with dh, 2 brotheres, sil, and grandma they got me wondering if I am going in the right direction.

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KAthy

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Sun, 01-09-2005 - 11:34am

Kathy,

Hello! TJ seems to have a lot of Gabriels issues. He also has a very short attention span and I sometimes wonder is it adhd or is it b/c of his sensory issues. We are waiting for a psychological eval. for him. It should be within the next couple weeks. Gabriel's OT will put him on a excercise ball at therapy, but we don't have one at home.. He does't seem to like it, but she has him sit on it not lay on it. Maybe we will try that. Does TJ crave more input? Gabriel can't seem to get enough. Yes, Gabriel does better with a fidget toy. He seems to do better with transitions if he is holding on to something. Sometimes if we are leaving I will let him grab a matchbox car or something little - it seems to soothe him. I'm sorry about your pscyh. eval. I don't know what to tell you. I would still set up an appt. with a nuerologist (at least you will get it out of the way and not have to worry about it anymore). Gabriel's speech path. wondered for a short while if he was maybe having seizures b/c he will sometimes pause and think before he replys - she now thinks it may be some auditory processing issues. G/L and keep us updated. How old is TJ? Gabriel will be four in Feb.

Kim

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Sun, 01-09-2005 - 5:50pm

We love our therapy ball! Madison is very sensory seeking & the jouncing on that ball makes her drool! lol


We have her on her tummy while I hold her feet & we count 20 reps.. (think of the wrists & elbows getting compressed, ooo she loves!)... then onto her back & I stand holding her feet once again (this was her idea not the OT's) then she bounces on her rump & I hold her hands -- she loves that one...


then she lays on the floor with hands extended out & I smush the ball (somewhat bouncing on her) all over the place! She LOVES that!!


In terms of your psychologist I'd be curious as to her thinking, I'd come right out & ask her!!


Maddy does get sorta pissed (scuse the french) when I stop her exercises, if it were up to her I'd be doing them with her all night! Both her OT & myself have told her she can certainly do them without Mommy! ......Have you thought about the trampoline that TJ can hold, therefore doing something on his own & perhaps it could be the last thing he does so it signals that therapy time with Mommy is over?


And don't let the psychologist alarm you - she's trying to look out for you it seems, but has a very quirky way of doing it..


better yet, the next time you chat with her, ask if her calling would make a difference??!

Colleen~ Mom of Morgan, 10 -- Madison, 6 & Maxwell, 3


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Sun, 01-09-2005 - 6:04pm

TJ will be 3 in August. He sits and bounces on the ball and is constantly craving input. Can't wait for the neuro appt to get some sort of answers. Thanks for the help.

Kathy

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Mon, 01-10-2005 - 4:03pm

Colleen,

Those are some great ideas with an excercise ball! He is also senosry seeking. Gabriel is going to start with a new ot - she is suppossed to be awesome. Can't wait to get some ideas.

Kim

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Mon, 01-10-2005 - 9:37pm

Oh Kathy, I am so sorry that this seems so overwhelming.

               

 

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Wed, 01-12-2005 - 11:46am

McKay (and all the kids) love the excercise balls we have. And yeah, McKay hates to stop, but we have some that are those hippity hops with the handles on top (you know, that you jump around the house on) and he takes his and wedges it between the couches, so it is stuck and won't roll, and then grabs the handle and bounces himself while he watches TV. I was impressed with his problem solving (especially because one cannot bounce a child for 3 hours straight!)

Humm, as to the psychologist, that is odd. Maybe she feels like all this might be a lot to handle? I will admit that I *knew* there was a lot up with my 2 boys, and I even suspected autism, but when I actually got the report from the doctor, it hit me really hard. I was glad to know where to go, but I felt like I'd been hit. And I seriously became consumed and overwhelmed and a bit depressed even for at least 3 or 4 months. It's a big thing. Maybe as more of a preventive measure? To make sure that you don't get overwhelmed and that you have someone who is not all tied up in the diagnosis to bounce things off? That's the best idea I have.

Rachel