Sensory

Our Urban Sensory Veggie Garden

Our Urban Sensory Veggie Garden Spring is finally here and I am excited. It is time for us to officially get started on our Urban Sensory Veggie Garden (that is a mouthful). I am looking forward to the day when I can open the curtains to the backyard and see a beautiful backyard full of veggies and greenery. We have a ton of work to get back to that place again. It is a mess. Goals For The Garden Here are my goals for the garden. I need to: 1) protect my son (Zion) from bee stings. Zion has a very …

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Homeschooler, How Does Your Garden Grow?

With spring just around the corner, my thoughts are turning to the garden. We live in the city, so we have a tiny backyard garden and we need to make the most of our space. In the six years that we have lived in our row house, we have had some variety of garden just about every year. I love having a garden. It gives us an excuse to get off technology and get out side. I have a secret. I like playing in dirt. I love running the dirt through my fingers and breaking up the clumps. I even …

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Having Higher Expectations

I realized something this week, I am guilty of always thinking that my kids can’t do things. I am pretty sure this line of thought stems from Elisha’s ADHD and autism and wanting to avoid stress added stress in our home. When you have a child with ADHD or autism, you already have a complex child and you want to make life as simple and calm as possible. At least that is what we wanted to do. Even the simplest things would cause meltdowns in the past. All of these things below have caused some form of sensory issue for …

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Have You Heard Of Glue Dots?

I first heard of Glue Dots through my friends on Twitter. I was intrigued and determined to check them out. I homeschool a child with Autism and ADHD who has fine motor and sensory issues among other things.  I have always wanted a simple way for him to participate in creating projects with us without stress and frustration. Elisha hates regular white glue. He doesn’t like getting it on his fingers and completely freaks out and melts down when it does. He has sensory issues and just does not like the feel of the glue on his fingers or how …

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Teaching to Meet His Senses

“He’s like a fart in a frying pan” “A what?!” “A fart in a frying pan… You know, he goes pop! over here, and pop! over there and he’s all over the place, popping up and down. Sit, stand, sit, stand.” “OHHHH! Okay I get it!” This may seem like a rather unorthodox conversation to you, but it is an actual conversation I had with the regular ed kindergarten teacher whose class my then 5 year old special needs son attended for half of his kindergarten day.  I really did get it. And I wasn’t offended. My son is now …

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Special Needs – Sensory Bottles

Have you ever made a sensory bottle? We made a sensory bottle on Wednesday and the kids all loved it. We started with an empty 2L bottle (but you can use any size). We added in equal parts of water, corn syrup, and cooking oil.  Then we added food coloring, plastic beads, and shiny glitter. We put glue on the lid and screwed it on very tight. We turned the bottle upside down and then we shook it. The kids took turns for the next hour shaking the bottle and watching the liquids separate. Overall, it was a success. Here …

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Special Needs – Take A Sensory Break!

If you are dealing with a child with sensory issues, then this post is for you. Take a Sensory Break! We were discussing our son’s sensory issues with our OT recently and she mentioned that another one of her homeschool families takes a sensory break every day. I thought this was a great idea. Purposely plan sensory activities into our day! It sounds like such a simple idea, but really, I had not thought of incorporating the whole family and taking a sensory break. Sensory breaks could include a variety of different things, calming or stimulating, depending on the needs …

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Special Needs – Sensory Resources

We have Special Needs children in our home… Our oldest child has Autism (Aspergers) and ADHD. All of our children have sensory issues to varying degrees. A few of our children have fine motor issues (and struggle with putting pen to paper). We have a child with eczema and kids with allergies (one child has an EpiPen which we have never had to use – thankfully!). Each week, on Fridays, I want to focus on a different aspect of Special Needs. There are so many resources and pieces of information that I want to share with you, but all in …

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