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Tue, 07-28-2009 - 9:55am

Hello,
May I join you? My son, JB, is 2.5 years old and is a sensory child. He is a tactile avoider. He has made a number of improvements since diagnosis, so we are pleased with how things are going overall.

I am seeing some new behaviors of late and wanted to ask for ideas on what worked for you. We have created a home environment in which he excels. His senses are going through a number of developments this year, so some times are a bit rougher than others. Lately, he has decided he does not want to leave the house. He does not want to go play with other children, he does not want to go for walks, he does not want to go to the park, etc. I am concerned about the isolation. I like that he is so comfortable at home, but he can't spend his life inside the house. Is this a stage? Any suggestions or ideas you would like to share?

Thanks,
Caren

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Registered: 09-12-2008
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Tue, 07-28-2009 - 9:47pm

Hello and welcome to the board. It's great to see a new face here!!! My son is 4.5 years old and has sensory issues. He is a sensory seeker to the MAX!!

Gabe used to not want to leave the house. In fact any change in routine would upset him. We used to get him to leave the house by giving him two matchbox cars to hold in his hand. He also uses a pacifier and we used that to help transition. We also had a weighted "magic" backpack that helped with him feeling more "grounded"

Hopefully it is a phase. Are you working with an OT? They should be able to give you some ideas too. Maybe start out small with small little trips just to the front yard and back? and maybe try a sticker chart for when he leaves the house without a fuss.

It's really hard finding what works for our kiddo's. Sticker charts didn't work for Gabe at all. He still doesn't get the concept of a sticker chart.

If I think of anything else I'll let you know....and again....it's great to have you here.


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Registered: 04-21-2008
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Thu, 07-30-2009 - 1:59pm

Hi Caren,


I just wanted to send you some (HUGS) and say welcome to the board.


My DS is almost 6 and on the sensory scale, and I've found that his confidence comes

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Registered: 03-31-2003
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Mon, 08-03-2009 - 6:35pm

He may also find it helpful to have a visual schedule so he knows what to expect. We live with anxiety at our house, and I know it is not easy.

Try the schedule and give him "power" and choices when appropriate. I am thinking a picture of a place he likes to eat (mcD's) and show him, first we go to McD and and then we go to the bank. (Lollipop) Then, he will know what to expect.

Or, first McD and then a picture of your house to show you have two stops. First, .... then home.

Good luck...you will find these schedules are great or he could care less, but don't give up right away. DS sometimes asks me to write them down now.


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Registered: 04-21-2008
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Tue, 08-04-2009 - 1:04pm

"Then, he will know what to expect."


I agree!

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Registered: 04-07-2003
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Tue, 08-04-2009 - 5:01pm

Hi Caren-

Its good to see you over here!!!

Have you tried making a visual schedule for him? this way he knows what is going to happen at each point of the day? He can also review it with you the night before so he knows what will be going on the next day.

Alison

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Thu, 08-06-2009 - 3:17pm

I completely agree with the PP's on a picture schedule. I didn't even think to suggest that....THANKS GUYS! :-). Anyway, a lot of people have the itouch or iphone. If you have one there is a program called iprompts for the iphone or touch. I have not used it yet...but I am seriously thinking about buying it. Gabe already has an itouch with a talker program on it due to severe speech issues...and we love that program...

just an idea! HTH

here is the website

www.iprompts.com

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