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One of the great things about Summer is the time spent outside.   It is always nice to be able to have that as an option most days.

I speak from the perspective of a mid-westerner,  who has lived through many a polar- vortex and who has had many days where the only outside time we get is when we dash from a store to the car.  Then shiver and turn up the heat.

So with that perspective, summer is a great time to visit, in the words of Michael when he was two years old, THE BIG ROOM,  in other words,  be outside.

Something that I love to do in the summer, some days,  is to sit on the deck with the kids and do something creative.

Since we do this in the later afternoons, it is a nice time to sort of wind down after a summer day, talk a bit and have a little quiet fun.

Maybe sit and read together.

Maybe do a craft or color.

Something that is a fun and quiet sensory filled activity is this great sensory toy called Kinetic Sand.

It is “Sand” but it is so much better.  If your child has Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), the Kinetic Sand is an ideal solution because your hands stay clean while you use it.

Gone is the feeling of sand stuck to your hands until you wash them many times or in our case using Baby powder  to get sand off of Elizabeth‘s hands. (True Story:  She was practically glowing white when we were at the beach during her younger years…all in the name of getting the sand off).

The amazing thing is, you can play with the Kinetic Sand minus the need to keep adding water to traditional sand.  We used to have a sandbox in the back yard.  Elizabeth loved digging and playing.  But once it was dry, she wanted more water and that led to the above “Baby Powder” story.

I love that the Kinetic Sand can be put in a tray,  add a few spoons or something to use for a mold and it is a nice contained sandbox.  But a table top version.

So if you are working with your special needs child on scooping or other fine motor skills, I know with Elizabeth’s Dyspraxia we did, or finger strength activities, this can be a nice therapy time exercise, but they will only see the fun!

You can count the scoops needed to fill a cup.  Press the sand down with fingers and work on gentle control to get the sand to come out like a small castle.  Or you can hide objects in the sand to have them dig out with their fingers.

Add the Kinetic Sand to the sensory bin or use during the next therapy session or the next time you hear “I am bored” give this to your child!  Mainly because it is fun, attractive bright colors, cool to touch without the sensory overload, strengthens hand and grip, encourages imaginative play, and something that makes you simply want to play and manipulate. And may I say, it is calming and relaxing to play making it a fantastic sensory solution.

I  was showing Emily, our oldest, this sand today and she said to tell her when I opened the new pack because she wanted to play with it.

I say the above because sometimes it is hard to find an activity that is fun for all the siblings as well as your child with special needs.

So take a look at the site to read more about this great stuff.   The sand comes in many colors to make it more fun.

I wish everyone a peaceful week and a great start to summer!!!

Michele Gianetti

author of “I Believe In You: A Mother and Daughter’s Special Journey” and “Emily’s Sister”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I just handed Elizabeth a cold towel to hold on her eyes.  Not because she had a headache but because she has some serious allergies going on this season.  She has already taken the allowed amount of antihistamine.

I know there are drops she can use or nasal sprays that can help….but I know my child and a cold cloth will help and be something that she is fine using.  Her SPD (sensory processing disorder) makes using the other forms doable but challenging.  So unless there is a true medical need, less sensory offensive options are what we usually choose.

Part of the journey with a child who has special needs is knowing them.  From who they are, to what they like and do not like and more.  And it is learning to advocate for them and help the world to know them too.

The other part of knowing your special need child is to be able to offer them the supports they need during their days.  It is being able to know what, when and how they need them.   I know Elizabeth needed a sensory break today.  So she decided to head to her room to put on some calming music while having some dim lights on.

So when I look at sensory items, I know that each child has differing needs and supports.  If your child has a need for noise cancelling headphones to help diminish loud sound,  please know there are many options but the one I want to tell you about is called the BanZ, earBanz.

They will do the job of softening the sounds that your child hears but will allow in other noises.  So they will still hear things you say but not find their systems upset by the overly loud sounds that unprotected ears will hear.

Michael and Emily tried these on and found them really comfortable on their ears.  They could still hear me talk to them which was nice.  Michael especially liked them.  The age range for use says two years to 11, but they are really recommended for two years and up.  Michael is 12 and Emily 23. There are also earBanZ available for infants!

I think that for starters they look fun, with a great multi-color design that has pink, blue, yellow and white triangles on it aka the.  The brightness makes them look cute while in use. You can click around on our site to see the other colors available.

I know there are many times that these could be used for your special needs child.  Maybe if your neighbor is cutting the grass and the mower is too loud, or if your child is at a sporting event and the announcer or crowd is too much for them.  The noise cancelling Banz would work wonderfully at the movies when there is a great deal of loud sounds!

Again it is knowing your child and their needs that can make you see other uses for these headphones.

But for those without special needs they can be of great use as well.

The earBAnZ are nice and small and will fit nicely in a sensory bag to travel as well as a backpack or purse.

So if these sound like something you might wish to look at, please take a look at our site and read all the great information that we have there.  There is information on the safety rating system as well as how to’s for care.

Elizabeth is now happily eating dinner and told me she will use the cold cloth later if her eyes itch.

It is all about knowing your child and their needs.

I wish everyone a good week.

Michele Gianetti

author of “I Believe In You: A Mother and Daughter’s Special Journey” and “Emily’s Sister”

 

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