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  #1  
January 16th, 2008, 08:51 AM
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What does your DC do for stimming. Jay's teacher was hear today. She said it seems like he needs to do some stimming before he can concetrate on anything. His thing is spinning wheels or anything he can spin. He opens and closes doors alot. I have to block his Bedroom door open or he opens the door and then slams it. He is always opening and closing the fridge and that drives me nuts! He also spins in circles. He is starting to get a little better with his speech and he will repeat words you say. When your child stims alot do you try to redirect them? His teacher said I should do that have times throughout the day where he can stim. When he is stimming I try to get him out of it but it does not always work.

She is going to see about a OP coming out here. Jay has a hard time utensils. He usually does not hold them proparly. Plus we think he may have sensory issues. He hates getting his teeth brushed. Forget it if you touch his ears. I tried putting a bib on him so if he spilled food and he freaked out and wanted me to take it off. He hates being tickled. He will usually scream if you try and I notice when Jonathan touches him he gets irratated. He seems to go more for soft foods. Like yogurt,applesauce,pudding, eggs, bread,oatmeal, there is barely anything I can get him to eat. Sometime I can get him to eat ramen noodles. He used to love crackers but latley he barley touches them. Oh yeah he loves bananas to. He spits food out alot also.
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January 16th, 2008, 01:20 PM
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Alexis does a lot of stimming as well. She does head shaking and spinning mostly. She will also turn lights on and off. For her its all sensory, on top of her autism, she is visually impaired so some of the stimming is related to that. We do try to redirect, but not eliminate the behavior. We just try to turn it into an acceptable behavior, the spinning in cisrcles, we bought her a sit n spin for christmas, so if she wants to spin, we redirect her to that. For the lights, we have a different toy that satisfies the sensory input she needs. So maybe for the doors, if you can figure out what sensory input he needs, you can redirect to an appropriate activity that meets the sensory issues.

Alexis also has sensory issues, mostly oral motor, but also her ears, finger tips and toes. She likes to be tickled and stroked, but on her terms. But go for the finger tips, toes, or ears, and it can get ugly. Nail clipping is a bear. Also, with the oral mototr, teeth brushing is a nightmare for us as well, and she doesn't eat well. She has a feeding disorder stemming from all the oral motor defensiveness and was on stage 2 baby food until she was 5. We have gotten her onto chopped/ground table food, but she doesn't know how to chew, so we see a specialist in Hershey PA that specializes in this.
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January 16th, 2008, 01:46 PM
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Everything in your post I can relate to. My son was the same. Definitely let him stim, I don't know why it's vital to be done but it just is, my 11 yr old still does it (we called it imaginations when he was quite young), he will say he needs to be alone to do imaginations and will go into his room (or the laundry if his brothers won't leave him alone) and he takes a toy with him (like a star wars ship) and does 'his thing' with his arms and the toy for up to 30 mins, it just relieves so much pressure and stress for him. Now that he's older he's very aware of being 'normal' in public so it's something he only does at home behind closed doors. I've asked him why he does it and what it's like and he says that he goes into another world and it's so cool and so much fun and he needs to do it.

Food sensitivities are perfectly normal, everything that had the slightest lump or pointy bit had 'bones' and couldn't be eaten. At one stage he would pull the ends off french fries because they would scratch the inside of his mouth (he's grown out of this now and eats anything and everything). Clothing had to have the tags cut out, only certain types of socks could be worn because of seams, shoes were gotten rid of the moment they touched his toes at the end (try explaining that to a shoe fitter that you needed shoes that were too big!). My son still can't use utensils very well at all, he shoves way too much food into his mouth, doesn't chew very well, he looks like a squirrel because he has so much jammed into his mouth. He spills food down his clothes every single meal. It's hard and frustrating for all of us.
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January 16th, 2008, 05:04 PM
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Thank you both


Jennifer- What toy do you have your dd play with when she wants to turn lights on and off. Jay has a big thing with lights and wants to turn them on and off. He opens the fridge to see the light. Where do you live. I see in your Avatar your Location is Buffalo NY. If so thats a long drive to hershey. We are not far from hershey. We are taking Jay next month to hershey for his Autism evaluation.

Nina- Jay shoves to much food in his mouth to. Then its to much and he spits it out.
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January 17th, 2008, 08:09 AM
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Christina

We use this light up toy from party city. Its a snowman (or santa) inside a plastic circle. There are lights on the edge of the snowman and when she turns it on, the lights light up, the snowman spins in circles, the lights flash, and it sings jingle bells. Or, if she puts the switch the other way, it just lights up. She will play with it for long periods of time. We bought a whole bunch of them because for awhile, we when we first started potty training over christmas, that was the only thing that would motivate her, so it became exclusively a potty toy until she became more consistent about using the potty, Now she can play with it when she wants again. I haven't really found them anywhere else, but there where some similar ones at the disney store in our mall, but they didn't seem to work quite as well for her.

We live about 15 minutes outside of buffalo and yes, its a long trek to hershey for her feeding appointments, but we do a lot of phone consults and go about every 6 months for follow up once we hit a plateau in her feeding. We are actually probably going to spend a month there in the their intensive day program because we just can't get her to chew, we work on it at home, and make very little progress. She will be 6 in April, and she still needs all her foods put in a blender. That does not go well for her in school. We went to that clinic because the one here was horrendous and was of absolutely no help to us. So I spent a few days researching all the ones in the northeast and decided that the one in hershey was the best for us. It was about a 7 hour drive, including all of the stops we needed to make, so without those it would be about 5 1/2 hours. It was one of the closest ones to us that had a very good program.
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January 17th, 2008, 09:10 AM
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Jennifer thanks... I will have to look at Party city. I am sure Jay would like that. That is quite a hike for you. Hershey is one of the best places to go for pediatrics. We went there with Jay because we thought he may have asthma. The doctors and nurses were great.
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January 17th, 2008, 12:44 PM
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We see Dr. Williams for the feeding disorders. His whole team has been amazing. That and all the progress we have been able to make definately makes the drive (or flight) worth it.
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Thats good to hear Jennifer. I know when I called hershey to see about getting evaluated for Autism the lady that took our info said the lady that is doing it is well know around here and she is through.
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I'm a little late!

When Hunter was 2-4 years old, we did the brush thing. I don't remember what it's called, but, if you've ever "scrubbed in" to enter the intensive care unit of a hospital, then you've used these brushes. We'd just go up and down his arms and legs; it really setteled him down and it seemed it was something he looked forward to doing every day because he'd see the brush and lay down for me.

Hunter's stimming is hand flapping and toe walking, he does it a lot and, now that he's older, we just ask him to stop, especially out in public. He does no different between home and school, Walmart, where ever. He also takes small toys and goes into his room or bathroom and plays with them. Problem is, he'd stay in there forever if I didn't get him going on something else.

When at home, I didn't really redirct his stimming because he's at home. But when he started having friends over, I decided to talk to him about trying hard not to do that until his friend leaves or go into the bathroom, and I'd have to remind him to come out.

We have a lot of those toys that spin and light up at the end, do you know what I mean? He watches those and loves glow sticks; he shakes them in front of his face and they become a blur. (The thicker, sports store kind. Don't get the cheap Dollar Store ones as if bitten, they leak. Hunter bit one for some reason and it burned in his mouth. We called Poison Control, but they he would be OK.)

What Hunter eats is still select; anything the consistancy of mashed potatoes and he gags and spits up, sometimes even vomits. He knows not to eat anything like that.

Brushing his teeth was a problem until we got an Oral B electric toothbrush. I think it's because it's a smaller, rounder head, I'm not sure, but now he brushes his teeth without problems and less gagging.

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January 18th, 2008, 08:02 AM
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Brushing his teeth was a problem until we got an Oral B electric toothbrush. I think it's because it's a smaller, rounder head, I'm not sure, but now he brushes his teeth without problems and less gagging.[/b]
I may have to try that one. Trying to brush Alexis' teeth is a nightmare, screaming, crying, gagging. NOthing has seemed to work.

We also did the brushing for about a year. It really reduced her tactile defensiveness and now we just use our fingers on her arms when she wants that sensory input. But it was great for the tactile sensetivity.
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I'm a little late!

When Hunter was 2-4 years old, we did the brush thing. I don't remember what it's called, but, if you've ever "scrubbed in" to enter the intensive care unit of a hospital, then you've used these brushes. We'd just go up and down his arms and legs; it really setteled him down and it seemed it was something he looked forward to doing every day because he'd see the brush and lay down for me.

Hunter's stimming is hand flapping and toe walking, he does it a lot and, now that he's older, we just ask him to stop, especially out in public. He does no different between home and school, Walmart, where ever. He also takes small toys and goes into his room or bathroom and plays with them. Problem is, he'd stay in there forever if I didn't get him going on something else.

When at home, I didn't really redirct his stimming because he's at home. But when he started having friends over, I decided to talk to him about trying hard not to do that until his friend leaves or go into the bathroom, and I'd have to remind him to come out.

We have a lot of those toys that spin and light up at the end, do you know what I mean? He watches those and loves glow sticks; he shakes them in front of his face and they become a blur. (The thicker, sports store kind. Don't get the cheap Dollar Store ones as if bitten, they leak. Hunter bit one for some reason and it burned in his mouth. We called Poison Control, but they he would be OK.)

What Hunter eats is still select; anything the consistancy of mashed potatoes and he gags and spits up, sometimes even vomits. He knows not to eat anything like that.

Brushing his teeth was a problem until we got an Oral B electric toothbrush. I think it's because it's a smaller, rounder head, I'm not sure, but now he brushes his teeth without problems and less gagging.[/b]
Thank. Dh got him a play flashlight. You crank and it lights up. He loves it. Jay's teacher suggested trying to redirect him because if he just spins stuff he will not learn. So I try to work on doing diffrent activites with him. He will do ok sometimes but if it starts resulting in a meltdown I let him be.
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