Running off...

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Registered: 03-06-2009
Running off...
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Wed, 04-08-2009 - 7:26pm

I don't know it you've discussed this before, but my 4 yr. old daughter constantly runs off on me.

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Mon, 05-18-2009 - 10:56pm

We used bean bags. You want a certain % of their weight,but I don't know what it is. It was probably about 4lbs. You want something that doesn't move around a bunch and that is comfortable against their back.My son still liked to put stuff in his pack, so I don't think he even knew it was weighted.

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Fri, 05-15-2009 - 8:39pm

What a great idea!

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Fri, 05-15-2009 - 8:28am

Another thing that helped with our running was a weighted backpack. It is amazing how calming it is for DS. I loaded a smaller backpack with beanbags. Then, I would remind him of something he needed to bring, and he would put it in the pack. He has never questioned the weight. THe hard part, is you need to remember weighted stuff isnt to be worn for real long periods of time. For us, it was the car to the swimming pool and then once we were out of the pool.

Also, for us, a looped rope worked and was a bit less obvious than the leash, and it kept us closer. We each had a loop on a rope to hold and there was only about 12" of "slack" to wander. It was great to have in the car (and cheaper too).

Maybe this will help in your bag of tricks...


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Thu, 05-14-2009 - 11:41pm

Thanks so much for your encouragement!

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Tue, 05-12-2009 - 10:45pm

Hi - chiming in late and just found this board. My oldest son has sensory issues too (now 7) and he was a runner too. I ended up buying several leashes so that I could keep one in the car, one in the back pack, one in my purse...I also have a son 2.5 years younger who is much better about the running thing. We used the leashes until about last year, not long after he turned 6. At that point it was threatening to use it, but he definitely did get better.

I can't tell you the number of comments - all positive - that I have gotten! I just couldn't go to a museum or aquarium and lose him. He is a loving kid who as part of his sensory issues likes to hug - too many strange people out there for that to happen out of my sight! I did always point out people that he could go to if he got separated, but, yes, we did use it until he was old enough to be shamed that his younger brother wasn't using it and he was.

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Fri, 04-17-2009 - 9:30pm

Hi again!


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Thu, 04-16-2009 - 10:14pm

Hi,

New to the board but I saw this and had to reply. My son will be 4 in July and also runs off! Scary because he is very athletic and fast! I'm very good about giving him fair warning, talking to him about the dangers, etc. He has gotten better as he has gotten older but I rarely take him to open public places unless I have help (he has a little sister too). We just have to be extra careful with our little ones! Let me know if you find something that works, and I'll do the same...

Amanda

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Registered: 09-27-2007
Tue, 04-14-2009 - 9:45am

I feel your pain.

Jessie Mommy to Gabe (5.8 yrs old ASD, CAS, SPD) and Zane (1.10 yrs old ESD)

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