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What can I do in my family to help my child

One thing you will learn is that what works for most kids does not work when your child has an SI disability. Most tactics that are used are behavioral. Which is fine if it is behavior you want to change. This isn't behavior. This is an inability to do something.  Would you punish a child who needed glasses for not being able to see the blackboard. No you would provide the glasses and allow the child to move up close to the black board (make the environmental changes necessary).

You must remember that each child with SI is different, but here are some things families have done to help their children cope with SI issues. Remember quiet spaces are for regrouping and calming, not for punishment.

 

Reduce distractions if child is easily over stimulated

Provide quiet place for the child who gets too wound up to go . When you see the child getting excited say "you know, it looks like you could use a quiet place now, you look a little excited." 

Bean bag under a table with a blanket over it works well, with blanket, pillow, stuffed animal, dimmer lighting and soft music or whatever the child finds calms them.

Behind the couch or under a bed

In the persons' room or private place

A large box

Use your imagination

Make a sandwich with couch cushions and apply pressure (harder or softer) based on what the child says.

Roll into a cocoon or jelly roll with blankets

Practice slow movement finger plays.

Warm bath or hot tub

Sound blocking headphones

Tree house or garden place

Encourage appropriate social behavior through non-conventional strategies

Drink from a straw use a covered glass or bottle

Have the child get up and get whatever someone forgot to put on the dinner table allowing a break from sitting still

Use a weighted lap blanket to help child remain seated for a longer time

Provide a variety of movement experiences

Provide indoor movement opportunities

have child push the shopping cart, carry groceries help put them away.

knead bread or tenderize meat

crumple newspaper for the fireplace

carry pots of cold water to stove (not hot)

mix ingredients for cooking

Make an obstacle course to practice hopping, skipping, jumping, running, crawling, climbing, swinging. See Indoor play ideas.

Rock in a rocking chair - reading and singing

Let the child help vacuum, move furniture, dust, scrub floors

Let the child dig in the garden

Swimming

Trampolines (use safety precautions) - bounce balls to each other

Pull a heavy wagon or push a heavy doll buggy

Swing sets and jungle gyms with climbing, sliding, swinging opportunities

Offer various tactile experiences  

Playing with play dough, Gak, Fimo or wax

Paint with shaving cream, silly soap or soap lather

Walk in grass, leaves, sand or snow

Rub oils or lotions on skin

Scrub with washcloth or hand cloth in tub

Fill a container with snow, sand, beans or water for play

Try different sheets and pillow cases 

Massage, scratch, brush or write on back prior to bed

Discover the appropriate hugs or kisses that work for your child

Using ankle weights while walking - this discourages toe-walking and aids in balance awareness

Using hand weights while coloring

Sleeping under a weighted blanket

 

Encourage child to join in sequential movement games

Hopscotch, sidewalk games

Situations to avoid

Standing in long lines

Crowded hallways/spaces

Unstructured environments (lunchrooms, auditorium)

Loud and busy parties (secure a quiet available place for time away if needed)

Home organization

Keep routines and possessions in the home organized

Make a list of daily routines and post so everyone can see. May use pictures for younger children

Be consistent with daily rules and consequences

Keep a large calendar or schedule posted with event stickers or notes so you can limited surprises for the child. 

Create specific routines for difficult times of day

Bath time

Morning program

School program

Bed time (be sure tobreak each task into small steps)

go into room

get undressed

get out pj's

put on pj's

put away clothes

pick out a book

brush teeth

climb into bed

snuggle with mom and read book

turn off the lights for a 10 STAR BED TIME

Exposure and experience! - This is the tough one. Sometimes you have to try something many times until the child will actually enjoy it. Break the experience down into very small pieces and add one new piece at a time.