There are two things my son loves.
One is deep pressure hugs.
The other is Phineas and Ferb.
So when the opportunity to review a weighted playtpus from The Sensory Gallery came along…I could not say no.
We’ve been using weighted accessories with him for a long time. When he was in early intervention, the occupational therapist talked a lot about heavy work and deep pressure activities. I’ll admit at the time it didn’t make sense. I didn’t understand how carrying around heavy objects and sitting with a weighted lap pad could help his body calm down.
I said that while intertwined in a giant “squish” with my kid as he shoved his hand into the crook of my neck while he fell asleep.
I’m big enough to admit that I was wrong.
He has a great weighted blanket on his bed now and a smaller one for the car. At school he uses a lap pad to sit on and has experimented with a weighted vest. But we had nothing at home that he could move around with or just sit with while watching TV or doing homework.
Enter “Platty the Platypus”.
My son took to it instantly because it was green. And it was a platypus. And while it didn’t look exactly like Perry the Platypus from Phineas and Ferb, he talked to it like it was.
He even put a hat on it to turn him into Agent P.
Next thing he did was just sit with it.
And then he carried him around playing a game with his brothers. They were trying to get Platty to race. The excellent part was that they were carrying him around. Heavy work style.
Platty also sat on his lap for homework. Homework went so much easier that night.
We are big fans of that green playtpus. He’s very versatile.
I may have snuggled with it myself while watching TV. You know…just to see how it feels. And I may have snuggled with it the next night too.
I really like that platypus.
Platty has made himself right at home with us here. I may have to get one for myself. Maybe in pink so no one takes mine.
So, before Alysia’s family makes a run on The Sensory Gallery’s amazing platypus weighted lap pads, we’re going to give you a chance to win one of your very own! The Sensory Gallery has offered one lucky SPDBN reader the opportunity to take home their very own “platty” in your choice of the shop’s seven custom color schemes. Just complete the form below between now and midnight, 11/26/2012 — we’ll pull a winner at random and announce the lucky family here on SPDBN. Please note that due to the nature of the item (weighted), winners must be US residents. You must also follow SPDBN via Twitter or Facebook to enter. Thanks and GOOD LUCK!