sensory mayhem

we get a lot of suggestions from our eci therapists about sensory activities we might provide for the boys.  i don’t think i fully understand how this kind of play benefits us.  if i don’t provide something intentionally, the boys usually make their own sensory activity out of dirt, rocks, or mulch.

however, yesterday i was feeling experimental, and slightly grossed out by the things augie was putting in his mouth in the yard, so i decided to get out the bag of uncooked rice i had been saving for a craft project and create a sensory experience.

i did expect that some of the rice would get on the floor, but they boys really outdid themselves!  within minutes ALL of the rice was scattered everywhere, like pokey snow.

the boys had a great time making this fantastic mess.  they’d prob go back out there and mess with it now if i would let them….should i?  i feel like by now i should have a handle on all this “stuff,”  but i feel as lost now as i did in the beginning!

i think we must be doing something right though, the squirm is really doing great!  he has lost most of his “autism-esque” symptoms.  he is still sensitive to some types of sounds and really hates the doctor, but who doesn’t?  he is learning tons of words.  he is happy to see the school bus and loves ppcd!



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kind of eccentric artsy type raising two boys in texas.
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6 Responses to sensory mayhem

  1. cocomino says:

    Nice post. There are tons of things which kids can experience and learn.
    There is nothing to waste. 😎

  2. E.C. says:

    lol this is good fun. Your such a super Mom. 🙂

  3. Narelle says:

    Hi phrogmum

    I’m with ya. I don’t know about the science of indulging the kids in their sensory habits – they can get a bit lost in it. When I was working with kids with Autism we were instructed to interrupt their obsessive sensory play to do something different. They need it to maintain equilibrium but they can learn to do other things. Nowadays there is a lot of emphasis on using joint attention to engage kids with autism in meaningful play.

    Note my use of the word “meaningful” above. Apart from the waste of food, a bag of rice, what did the children actually get out of it?

    If you had concentrated on sensory play all of the time, your squirm would not be painting and doing age-appropriate art (this is massive and not to be underestimated!).

    I have to admit that I’m perplexed as to why they told you to do sensory with your kids, when as you say they seek it out naturally. I think you are doing a great job of expanding their horizons and showing them that there are many other ways of doing and being.

    • phrogmom says:

      yeah, they want the squirt to do sensory, until they can’t get him to stop doing it and do what they want! i will say this, the boys have had three straight days of fun throwing that rice around, so at least there is that 🙂

      • Narelle says:

        you’ve got good instincts about what your kids need.

        don’t feel intimidated by the ‘experts’.

        as you say, they are doing really well. it’s due to your love and commitment to them!

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