Sensory Issues

Indoor Play Place

Our van has not been drivable for most of the last year. The last time we went to the fast food restaurant that houses this indoor play place, the twins were too young and too tiny to play.

Elisha slid down the slide with Hosanna and she loved it.

Daddy slid down the slide with Zion and he loved it (yes daddy loved it too).

I have no idea what Moses was pointing at.

Hosanna checking out the floor. It was soft and rubbery which was something new for her.

Hosanna attempting to climb.

Hosanna is sad that she is too short to climb up on her own.

Now she is just being goofy.

She was also in a mood to pose for the camera.

She is my only daughter so I can take lots of pictures of her.

Isn’t she adorable? I think so.

Zion and Hosanna exploring. Hosanna climbing the slide.

Zion’s turn to climb the slide.

I loved the strange lighting of this picture. This was Zion and Elisha.

Watching Malachi coming down the slide.

Malachi, Moses, and Zion.

All the boys coming down the slide. Elisha, Moses, Malachi, and Zion. I love the expression on Zion’s face. He is such a cute boy.

Zion climbing the slide again.

Oh no, here comes a brother (Malachi). Look at the grin on Zion’s face.

Zion made it to the bottom. Happy boy. He loves being chased by the big boys.

And here they come… Malachi…

Elisha… and Moses….

While I was gathering the images for this post, I was thinking about a time 5 years ago when this big boy wasn’t so big.

We were at this very same play place and it was very crowded.

And the boys had played themselves out. (We only had 3 boys at that time).

And this big boy in front (the one putting on his shoes) had a melt down. It was time to leave and he didn’t want to.

Instead, he threw himself to the ground like a floppy rag doll. He let his whole body go limp. The world around him stared, but he didn’t even notice.

Can I just tell you how proud I am of this boy? Well, I am.
He has come a long way in the last few years.

(Note: Elisha has a diagnoses of ADHD, Autism, Sensory Issues, and is highly gifted)

Christmas Crafts

Special Needs

Today we did some Christmas crafts.

Bright Red Stockings

I cut out bright red stockings from some big pieces of construction paper. The kids glued cotton balls across the tops (and various other places) of the stockings.  All the kids participated in this project. This was the twins first experience with glue.

Stockings

Christmas Trees

I cut a bunch of strips of green construction paper out. The boys glued them to colored paper. The gluing was extremely stressful for Elisha. He had to have much encouragement and help to finish. The other kids did pretty good. Zion and Hosanna even created their own trees – with some help of course.

Christmas Trees

Stars In The Sky

The kids created stars out of chalk on black construction paper. The twins liked this one – Zion’s star even looked like the star of the east. This was an easy activity, but it caused great stress to Malachi (who finally came around).

Stars

I would love to try more challenging art projects with the kids, but art – gluing and cutting – causes so much stress in my kids that we keep it simple and try to enjoy it as much as possible. Now, just so you know… I am all for doing your best and not worrying about the end result. My kids all have sensory issues to varying degrees and they are perfectionists (as if you couldn’t tell that already). It is far more important to me that you try and just do your best.

Our home looks like an art gallery now. It is so colorful and bright for Christmas.

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