Preparing your SPD child for School

          

The link below has over 40 craft and art projects for Children with a Sensory disorder.

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How to make a Thankful Tree 

     

This is the cutest idea I have found for sharing a project with your kids this holiday season.  Her web site is linked by her name, and it is awsome! The link to the site is below.

We are at the end of July, and before you know it school will be starting!

My grandson with SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder) will be starting school for the first time.  He will be starting prekindergarten.  His mom and I are both concerned about about this. 

When the boys came to live with us Wyatt had some serious social issues.  Like NO social skills at all.  His birth mother had kept him hidden his whole life.  No doctor visits, no dentist, no anything!  He was 2 1/2 and non verbal except for a dinosaur Growl. After he was  asked to leave two daycare centers, I quit my job and came home.  What a great year we had.  I am beyond grateful that I was able to spend  this time with Wyatt and work on everyday skills.  I can't believe it's been over a year now, and they are ours!  The adoption was finalized in April 2017.

As we get Wyatt ready I thought I'd jot down a few things that we have been working on:

Skills and Tools

  • Work with your child on dressing and undressing themselves. Zippers, buttons, and shoestrings can cause problems if your student doesn't know how to use these. 
  • Personal Hygiene, going to bathroom alone and washing up after.  I know they work on this in the first weeks, but the kids are not very good at it, and we struggled with diarrea being passed back and forth the firt month of school.  We worked with Wyatt to improve his hygiene with good handwashing.
  • Skills and tools to help with over stimulation.  We have a small weighted blanket that Wyatt used when he first got here, and I'm thinking he may need it again.
  • A timer - helps students have a visual cue about how much longer they need to be quite and focus on any given activity
  • Chewease -  this helps with stress.  Ours is shaped like ashark tooth.  Wyatt doesn't use it much anymore, but again may need it when he starts school.
  • A soft brush a lot of kids have these from occupational therapists,  They can go the  bathroom or other quite area and bush him/or herself using deep touch pressure.  This is calming for the child.