So here are a few things I do to make life easier for my son.
*I even exchanges his white shower curtain for a green one. Much better.
*Change paint colors to be softer. No bolds or brights.
Avoid using harsh chemical smells during school hours.
We homeschool, so housekeeping during the day is a given. But, I try to leave any chemical product use for after school. He just wouldn’t be able to work or concentrate if it smelled of cleaning supplies.
In my son’s room and bathroom, there’s not a whole lot of decor. Not my personal preference, but too much going on stresses him out. I got rid of all those cutesy baskets, magazines, and fun bathroom stuff. I try to keep things clear through the house too. He cannot work on the computer or at his desk if there’s a lot of distractions there. Get rid of piles and all those cool organizers.
We use fish tanks, lava lamps, and fidgets. My son is older. He’s 13. Many of the products for OT are geared for younger children. He’s not going to sit on ball and play with other sensory toys he think are babyish. I have to think outside the box with him, and get things that he doesn’t recognize as “therapy” tools.
He has a lava lamp in in room. I LOVE that thing. He’d watch it for three days if I let him. He has his own fish tank, and we have two other tanks in the house. One in the living area, and another in my youngest son’s room. Extreme? Maybe. Helpful? Without a doubt! They love their fish!
-desk water fountains
If you go on amazon.com and search office/desk toys. Anything that pops up would be helpful! Finding things for older kids can be tricky. You also pay way less for these items if you’re not shopping on a therapy website. I also like orientaltrading.com. They have some really affordable stuff that can be used for sensory therapy.
Crazy? I agree, but it works!
We do ALL math work on blue paper. Math is a struggle for him. Oddly, it’s his strongest subject. However, he has a very hard time focusing during math and he gets easily frustrated. More so than any other subject. He sort of had a math road block a couple of years ago. I began using Math-U-See, and I started copying all of his work onto blue paper, and it made an instant difference in the amount of time it took to complete an assignment. He was more focused, and stopped complaining about headaches. He no longer fidgets! The bright white of regular paper is like a concentration block to him. It causes stress and interrupts his thought process. The blue stimulates focus. Yes, please.
Breaks! Breaks! Breaks!
Stop expecting your child to act like the world tells you children should behave during school. Learn to recognize his triggers, and when he needs a break. My son is 13, and he can rarely do that for himself. Heck! I’m 33 and I have a hard time doing it for me! We have to guide them into managing skills they can use. We have to learn to recognize their triggers, so we can teach them to do the same. My son is finally at a point where he will accept the fact that I think he needs a sensory break. He will go to his room and watch his fish or lava lamp, and do some deep breathing. After 5 minutes or so, he’s good. then he can come back and be productive.
Maybe some of the ideas that are helpful for us would be helpful for you too?
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