My daughter, Bethany was diagnosed with a life threatening brain tumor when she was just two years old!
After she had the surgery to remove it some complications caused her to have a stroke.
The stroke caused right sided hemiplegia, which basically means she lost the use her right arm, hand, leg and foot!
In addition to all that, when Bethany was five, she was also diagnosed with autism and sensory processing disorder.
Intensive physical therapy was effective in helping her regain the ability to stand and walk again.
However, even though Bethany “graduated” from official occupational therapy, physical therapy, and sensory integration therapy years ago, if we aren’t constantly stimulating her right arm and hand, she seems to forget that she can actually use them!
She also experiences an ongoing struggle with regulating her delicate tactile, vestibular, and proprioceptive sensory systems.
As a result, I’m constantly on the lookout for the latest, state of the art, therapy products to include in our home therapy program.
I’m always on the prowl for something new that just might entice Bethany to use her right arm and hand more often and items to help regulate the three sensory systems she has trouble with.
You can really see Bethany’s hemiplegia in action in the video below!
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Over the years, I’ve come across many products that I feel have helped Bethany recover from her stroke and accommodate for her sensory issues.
I thought I’d share them with you all here on the chance that you or your loved one with similar challenges might benefit from them as well!
- If you’re looking for items to help your child remain calm and able to focus, you might want to take a look at these noise cancelling head phones. They’re perfect for kids who become overwhelmed or are easily distracted in noisy environments.
- One of the items that I asked The Dream Factory to provide for my daughter Bethany’s “chill out” sensory room is this awesome Peapod! She loves tightness against her body and this is perfect for providing that type of sensory input!
- For helping Bethany with sensory regulation, we also asked for a special needs swing. It’s great for calming agitated kids and promotes proper sensory integration.
- A bubble tube light was next on our list of items wanted for Beth’s sensory room. Bubble lights provide a calming visual stimulation that helps kids chill out and relax!
- Looking for some fun and informal sensory toy ideas? Then check out this package of kinetic sand! You can even get tools like this sand molding tool set to enhance the sensory experience! Manipulating this sand between the fingers is a perfect activity for both sensory seekers and sensory avoiders! Playing with sand is also great for working fine motor skills and for encouraging body awareness, and tactile exploration!
- Theraputty is a great tool for strengthing fine motor muscles! I used to hide little toys inside for Bethany to find!
- This weighted puppy is sure to become a bedtime favorite for your little one! This furry friend will provide your child with all the sensory input, heavy work, and tactile stimulation he or she needs!
- Perhaps your little wiggle worm might benefit from using a chair ball! Kids can sit and bounce on it but it won’t roll away! It’s perfect for kids that just cannot sit still in a a classroom situation!
- Another unique seating option for the child who just can’t stop moving might be the Stabili-T-stool. Kids will work on balance, trunk control, core stability, motor planning and coordination while rocking on this unique stool!
- Are chewing needs distracting your kids from learning at school? chewable pencil toppers might be just the ticket! These pencil toppers will provide oral stimulation in a somewhat discrete manner!
- Using a slant board for writing assignments will help prevent wrist fatigue and encourage better posture while working on handwriting!
- Is your child reluctant to wear certain clothes? Maybe compression clothing would help! If you watch our Youtube channel, then you know that Bethany wears wet suits for sensory regulation!
- I appreciate all the special products to help kids with handwriting!
- These cool Interactive reading bools were designed with special needs in mind! They come in seven ability levels and give kids practice in reading and motor planning. They also help develop speech and language skills.
While this list is by no means exhaustive, I do think it’s enough to get you all started on researching products that might be helpful for your family!
Do you have anything that has been helpful that you’d like to share with us? Tell us in the comments!