We have started a new therapy with the kiddos called Mendability. It is a sensory enrichment program that helps the brain make new connections between the senses. We are introducing more fragrances, textures, art, music and massage into their daily environment. The therapy is individual for each child and will be adjusted as they make progress in problem areas. So far we are excited about the process and encouraged by the therapy support provided!
Today I made texture cards. I took different items (sponge, wood, pipe cleaner, plastic, textured paper, terrycloth, paper bag, etc.) and attached them to 4 x 5 card stock.
We use these in different ways with each child. For the little engineer, we stroke the bottom of his feet with a different texture on each foot and then switch the textures and do it again. He finds this very relaxing and loves it! Sometimes he wants it done on his back as well!
Drama girl smells a scent and feels two different textures with each hand (a total of four textures). She thinks this is fun as well although she has a hard time smelling and feeling at the same time. She loves the smell so much she keeps trying to get closer and closer. Her little nose follows the cotton ball like a puppy following a piece of bacon!
We are listening to classical music in the evenings as the kiddos go through their exercises, bathtime and (quietly) as they are going to sleep. This has cut down on the tv/ipad time, but they are not complaining! It makes for a more relaxing evening for everyone!
Will keep you posted.