Need Very Specific Therapy Ideas.....

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Need Very Specific Therapy Ideas.....
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Sat, 01-08-2005 - 8:52pm

My oldest daughter is easily overstimulated...doesn't like having anyone near her, doesn't like loud noises, constantly turns off the TV, ect. She hates most clothes, and many different foods. She is thankfully very cautious, and although she is walking and climbing a little, she is very cautious about both. She rarely hurts herself, and never the same way twice. She really seems to pick up on just about everything and really "gets it".


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Sun, 01-09-2005 - 8:50pm

Phew!


I've read your post 3 times & each time, my head is spinning!!! You must be an extremely high-energy woman or exhausted every waking moment!


My first thought with containing your adventurous daughter would be the latch locks (I'm not sure of the correct terminology) but they've been a saving grace for us with our 3 year old son that tends to be fearless! We've put them on each door in every room & then all of our exits -- this only after finding him wandering off into our backyard one day & we had no clue! It really put the fear in us & we had those locks the same day!


In terms of specific therapy ideas I've heard that music therapy & listening therapy are both highly acclaimed to help a child with both modulation & gaining a sense of where they are in 'space'... I cannot personally attest to either one but it's something to look at,right?


I would probably get rid of every bit of furniture that wasn't absolutely necessary -- I know that my house since I've done daycare is coffee table free --- just a suggestion......


With biting I would almost create a bin of 'biting' toys/pillows, stuffed animals that your DD can actually 'bite' when she feels the need -- I would bring her to one of the toys after the offense & let her know that this is her biting toy... she is feeding a need there & it sounds as though you're so on the ball with her!


I will surely think of some different ideas & I know this group will brainstorm with you!!!

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


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Mon, 01-10-2005 - 12:10am

I meant to be more clear about how our house is set up but I forgot to mention it. The only rooms that have doors are bedrooms and bathrooms. Obviously having her play in the bedroom with a crib, two dressers, ect is not an option. That leaves the living room area, kitchen area, and office area. They are currently in the living room because that is the most baby proof area. (Carpeted and less things to hurt themselves.


The furniture (a couch with a TV next to it then a rocking chair and coffee table next to that) are all there to block them in the room. The openings that don't have doors are all 62+ inches, and they don't make baby gates that big. The only way to block my older daughter in is with furniture, and until recently it worked with my younger daughter. If we remove the furniture (which I'd love to do) that will just give her free rein of the house (stairs, kitchen with tile, more stairs, ect.) At this point the furniture at least slows her down enough that I can usually get her before she escapes and hurts herself...if the furniture goes we are just chasing two babies instead of one.


See why we need a new house?!



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Mon, 01-10-2005 - 9:25pm

Have you tried a weighted vest?

               

 

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Tue, 01-11-2005 - 12:44am

Gymnastic class for a 13 month old? Tell me where to sign up!


I will definitely look into the weighted vest, and we have been trying to throw her in the air, spin her around, ect to try and get her the movement that she obviously craves...



I'm Chelsae



Feel free to email me with any questions you may have: Mommy_To_Ali@Yahoo.com


Our Webpage:


http://myangelsaliandpeanut.tripod.com/


Ali is


Our Webpage: www.aliandpeanut.com

Our local Down syndrome group:

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Tue, 01-11-2005 - 2:14pm
We have a Gym not far from us that offers Mommy & Me classes... I'm not sure what the cut off ages are, but I'm sure they have toddler classes........

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


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Tue, 01-11-2005 - 9:38pm

I know Gymboree offeres classes for tots that young.

               

 

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Wed, 01-12-2005 - 12:17am
Okay, I ordered a weighted vest so we will hopefully get it soon. I am taking DH to look at a house tomorrow that I really like...hopefully he will like it to and we will make an offer. That would help greatly with my peace of mind if I just had a place where they would be safe! Hopefully the weighted vest will help with the time in between now and then!



I'm Chelsae



Feel free to email me with any questions you may have: Mommy_To_Ali@Yahoo.com


Our Webpage:


http://myangelsaliandpeanut.tripod.com/


Ali is


Our Webpage: www.aliandpeanut.com

Our local Down syndrome group:

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Wed, 01-12-2005 - 1:29pm
Good Luck, I hope it goes well!