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Registered: 11-14-2009
New here..have a ?
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Sun, 11-15-2009 - 12:03pm

Hi, Everyone!

I'm new to this group and am interested in talking with other parents of children with SID and learning more and even helping where I can. My 7 yo son was diagnosed at age 2 and we've been in OT, PT & Speech ever since. He really craves big movements and those that give him the most feedback--often runs down the hall and slams into our kitchen door full-force--scares me half to death, but he LOVES it.

His current "thing" is digging in the yard. I'm not just talking a little hole--his is 3 ft wide and deep. Don't ask. But unfortunately, with the weather turning colder and wetter, we have to fill it in. Even with his weekly therapy, he definitely needs something this "physical". So I was wondering if anyone had some suggestions as to what we could offer him to replace it?

Much thanks in advance!

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Registered: 09-27-2007
Fri, 11-20-2009 - 8:17pm

ohhh...love the sanding idea.

I have been meaning to post back to you...but every time I checked this board one of my kids would start screaming. I am very impressed with the size of the hole your son is digging. Wow...that is nothing to bulk at! The sanding idea is great. I really like that idea...and you might get a cool piece of furniture out of the whole deal :-)

We use water bottles in the backpack when we go out in public. It helps center Gabe. Let's him remember where his body is in the scheme of all of it. We call his backpack, magic backpack...because when we first tried it we were very skeptical...and the first time using it...was like magic. Gabe didn't run near as much. We don't use his BP as often...but still do from time to time.

If I can think of some others I will let you know.



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Registered: 11-14-2009
Sat, 11-21-2009 - 9:20am

Thank you so much for the warm welcome! And for the great ideas! He's starting outgrow his weighted vest (about time, I guess, since we got it when he was 4 and he's now 7! lol), so the water bottles in the backpack would work really well. I also like the sanding idea--we're actually planning to sand down and paint our dining room chairs, so I'm thinking he might be able sand at least part of them (areas that don't show), but if we're painting them, it might not matter, right? We're also planning to paint our kitchen cabinets, so that might be another way to do it.

I also wanted to add something to the list of ideas for him--I didn't realize that it was a replacement for the digging, until I mentioned it to his OT and she said it was a great thing for him to do. My kids love to play with cardboard boxes and I let them cut into them with butter knives (with supervision). His OT said that the cutting movement and resistance from the box were a good way for him to get sensory feedback.

Thanks again so much! And if I can think of any more ideas, I'll be sure to post them as well!

Kari

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Registered: 04-06-2005
Tue, 11-24-2009 - 12:52pm

Hello!

For heavy weight/work loads, I have him puh the laundry basket and carry in reasonably heavy grocery bags. He also has a backpack we fill with a cup, snacks and toys which adds a little weight.

As far as digging, we have a large Tupperware container of dried pasta (you can use lentils too). I hide little prizes (candies or treasures) and he can dig/sift through the contents to find them.