Make ‘em Work? Yes!

Young boy with large backpackGetting back into the routine again can be difficult with our children, so something I always recommend for parents is to provide sensory strategies– like heavy work opportunities or deep pressure for children before they enter the classroom in the morning. How do you incorporate this organizing and calming type of sensory input? A few simple ideas are: push pillows on your child in bed, wrap them in blankets and gently press on their arms and legs, have them carry a heavy backpack around the house and to the classroom, or even having them climb on the playground equipment or hang from the bars works! It is truly amazing how a little sensory strategy can help us all to feel ready for a big day! 

Superman

Superman stampI remember a student whose parents had bought him a superman costume when he was three years old. This child had a particularly difficult time with anything new, and getting into a different outfit once at school, was near to impossible. Unfortunately our little superhero did not wear his costume that year, and had a rough time watching the other children in funny outfits, as well as all taking in all the other strange changes to his school day routine.

The next year, his parents with little hope for a different outcome sent the same superman costume for the Halloween parade and activities. This little super hero, with many of the same challenges from last year, had a persistent teacher and speech therapist determined to get a different outcome from last year’s meltdown. Singing one of superman’s favorite songs, the teachers modified the words of the song to reflect the actions of getting into the costume. Smiling and singing along, Superman morphed into a muscle enhanced superhero, complete with a red cape. Although his costume was a little short in the arms and legs, this little superhero couldn’t have been a better treat for his two teacher’s Halloween celebration!