Posts Tagged ‘sensory issues’

Brushing Technique

Monday, December 13th, 2010 by by

Today at OT, we talked about listening therapy again, something that we’ve planned to start for the last 2 months but one thing or another prevented it. Seamus has tried the headphones and cd player a few times at OT, but he doesn’t like them and always takes them off, complaining they hurt his head, or it’s too loud, or he doesn’t like the music (part of his sensory issues). We think the listening therapy will help Seamus progress and relax, but his OT brought up a different therapy/technique to try first.

Our OT brought up the Brushing Technique and asked if I had heard of it, which I hadn’t. She explained it to me – basically, it should help calm him down and give him the sensory input that he needs. She wants us to try this before we go on to the listening therapy; right now she doesn’t think he would do the LT because of how he acts with the music and headphones.

She gave me a run down of what to do. I thought Seamus would freak out when she was first explaining it to me. You use a surgical brush to brush down their extremities and back, and I thought it would be a pokey and hard brush. The brush is actually fairly soft and doesn’t hurt. (She showed me on me, then on Seamus, how to do it). I have to brush down his arms first, applying pressure to give him the deep sensory input he needs, then his back, and last his legs. After I’m done brushing, I have to do his joint compression, which is pushing all his joints in his extremities together 10x’s each joint (shoulder, elbow, wrist, hips, knees and feet).

I was amazed when she showed Seamus and I. (more…)


Be Careful!

Saturday, September 25th, 2010 by by

I always find myself grinding away at the phrase, “Be careful!” It is heard at least four times a minute around my house. Jonah has what they call poor motor planning skills, meaning he can’t always make his body do what he wants it to do. He has a hard time coordinating all of his body parts to move appropriately in certain situations. He finds it difficult to adapt to different terrains or obstacles. For example, our playground has an area that is padded with wood chips. There is a grassy field just beyond this area. If Jonah wants to go from the wood chips to the grass, it is hard for him to keep his balance when transitioning from textures of the ground beneath him. He often falls down. He also has a hard time realizing where his body is at in relation to things, so he always bumps his head or walks into things. Sitting in a chair is quite a chore for him, because he has to figure out how to get his body into the chair, and through a feat of several changes of his center of gravity, get his legs in the proper position for sitting.

And so I drill the mantra, “Be careful, Jonah!” like a broken record, over and over. Be careful on the stairs, be careful when your sister is on the floor, be careful when getting into a chair to sit down, be careful when you are petting the dog. Just be careful!

Recently, I’ve come to realize that all of these warnings to be careful don’t really help Jonah that much. (more…)

Splish Splash!

Sunday, July 25th, 2010 by by

In the early spring, Jonah was invited by the early interventions program to participate in a new “swim” class that the program was trying out. The class was for children 6-24 months who have sensory processing issues. During the class, the therapists integrate sensory exploration with water play. You may remember, if you’ve been following the blog for a long time, that last year about now we were gently introducing Jonah to the idea of being in water. It was a very long process. Jonah absolutely hated being in the water. But by the end of summer, we not only got him used to the water, but he absolutely loved it! So, of course, since we’ve created this little water baby, I thought it was a great opportunity for him to join this class.

Then we went to the orthopedic surgeon. Jonah had casts put on his feet, and that was the end of that idea. Now that Jonah’s casts are off, I have not heard of another session of the swim class starting.

I decided that we could do sensory integration and other therapies through water play here at home. I decided to buy Jonah an (more…)

22 Months

Thursday, February 4th, 2010 by by

Ava will be 22 months old tomorrow.   My baby is a toddler.  A toddler that hasn’t gained more than 8 ounces in 11 months.  At 11 months old she weighed 22 pounds, as she does now. At one point she broke 24 pounds only to lose it again.   I’m constantly struggling to add more calories to her diet.  This is difficult because her diet is 90% milk (with added nutritian), 10% thin purees.  She’s now at her lowest percentile ever for weight.

Last week we had a birthday cake for Ellie’s birthday.  Ava loved getting small bites of whipped cream until I accidently got a sprinke in her mouth.  One. Sprinkle. She cried and gagged and vomited.

She doesn’t know how to chew or bite down.  She doesn’t know how to (more…)