In our house we are trying to wake up our sluggish systems with various activities.
Zak has chores that include heavy work, such as taking out the trash, and hauling baskets of laundry to their respective places. We also have a play set in the backyard which allows him to climb, slide, hang, and dig. We also allow him a digging hole. It is in a place in the yard that does not have a lot of traffic, is not obviously visible to those driving by, and must be covered at all times when he is not actively digging in it. Victor let him pick out his own shovel, and when he feels like it, the boy can just DIG!
The interesting thing is, we have provided all of these thing for him before we ever knew about SPD or suspected he had it. They just seemed like something he really needed to be able to do, and they seemed to make him more mellow. Only for a while though, then he needs another wake up call.
Kit gets her proprioceptive needs met by pushing anything she can find across the floor. Kitchen chairs, stools, boxes, both full and empty, her old bouncy seat that she still likes to sit in to read, and her little pink wagon. She also likes to run back and forth on the couch and throw herself into the cushions or the other people sitting on the couch. We ask her to take things to someone in the family so that she can carry things, a full wipes container is perfect heavy work for her. (And for Daddy after she brings it to him!) …continue reading