gospelmindedmomma.comNavigating SPD Without Therapy ~ Gospel Minded Momma“Mommy, I’m sad, I really miss Miss Sarah! I want to do a bike ride to the fun gym. Why can’t I go to therapy?” My son has said this a lot since we have made the move from Washington to Illinois. This whole process of transitioning from once a week occupation therapy to none has given me yet another opportunity to practice patience. Seems to be a common occurrence for me. I’m sure you can relate, motherhood itself teaches us patience. It is one thing to practice it for myself, but this was a whole new level. I had to explain to my son that I had no control over when the insurance got approved. I knew the move would be hard but I never did I imagine it would take over three months to get medical insurance for the kids. Three months of working on patience, I’ll just let that sit there. Our time in occupational therapy in Washington truly was a blessing. Without it, our transition would have been much worse. Being able to attend therapy with my children, allowed me to implement some of the tools they used there into daily life. Momma, I would like to share with you some things that have helped our time without therapy. Each of these tools has helped both of my children and we are learning to utilize them on a daily basis to stay regulated. I am still working on getting their sensory diets figured out. I am not an occupational therapist so the things that have worked for my children may or may not work for yours. This post may contain affiliate links. Check out my full affiliate disclosure here. 1. Weighted compression vest This helps to give a tight hug while it is worn. It calms them down when they are overstimulated and are in a constant state of fight or flight mode. The tricky thing for me is that I forget it is best to have them wear it before they are in sensory overload. It provides constant, soothing, pressure and has a calming effect. I have seen a big difference within 10-15 minutes of them putting it on, especially doing focused activities like school. It is very helpful for going places where there are crowds, loud, or new places that can cause sensory overload. 2. Child Pod Swing ChairThis helps the kids during transition times at home. Bedtime is so much easier now that they can swing 10 times before bed. This also can be used to calm down if needed. Great for before meal time or going out to run errands. My son will sit in it (vestibular input) while my daughter pushes him (proprioceptive input). It helps to give them vestibular input. Great for helping them to become more independent with regulating. My son has taken books into it and just moved it slowly with his body weight. 3. Wiggle seat Meal times used to be extremely awful. Almost to the point that I would have meltdowns. The wiggle seat has helped immensely in providing vestibular input while at the table so eating food can be focused on. Using it during coloring, writing, or other focused activities have been very helpful for us as well. I tried just having one for my kiddos to share and we ended up needing to get two because they would need them at the same time. 4. Mini trampoline  I have both an over/under responsive kiddos and this helps to regulate both of them. This is my favorite toy because proprioceptive and vestibular input is received while jumping on this. We like to count our jumps and say stop at the end so they work on stopping and starting motion to get the vestibular input. It is great for breaks during school, reading, or meal time. Can also be helpful before bed time to get some extra energy out. 5. Exercise ball  Great for proprioceptive input, my kiddos love to bounce on, roll, throw, and kick the ball. They also push the ball towards me and then pull it away as a great resistance activity. Supervision is definitely advised and I wouldn’t recommend doing it in a room of the house that has breakables. Although if you are like me, there aren’t very many valuable breakable things in your house because lets face it. They would get broken! If you are new to sensory processing disorder, I encourage you to slowly build up your tools to help regulate your child. Many of these we have accumulated over time as birthday and Christmas gifts. It amazes me that before we even knew Sensory Processing Disorder existed or that our son had it, we asked for a mini trampoline for his birthday last year. One example of God providing for our needs even before we knew we had them. I am very thankful that God has provided for us to have these very helpful toys during our time of transition to a new state, without therapy. As I was reading Psalm 147  it filled my heart with awe as it talks about God’s provision. I encourage you to read all of it when you get a chance. Here is a small part to encourage you. 7 Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;     make melody to our God on the lyre! 8 He covers the heavens with clouds;     he prepares rain for the earth;     he makes grass grow on the hills. 9 He gives to the beasts their food,     and to the young ravens that cry. 10 His delight is not in the strength of the horse,     nor his pleasure in the legs of a man, 11 but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him,     in those who hope in his steadfast love. Psalm 147:7-11 Even though I don’t know when/if they will be able to continue therapy, I can rest in the truth that God is in control and just as he makes grass grow on the hills, he will provide what we need. More about our journey with SPD. Related