The Therapy Shoppe offers self-calming cards for children (or adults) who might need a visual reminder of strategies that can help them regulate when their systems become either over or underwhelmed. When I received these in the mail I was torn because I wanted them so much for Kate but I also have so many kids at school that could benefit from access to these cards.
The cards illustrate calming tools in five different categories: Visual Tools, Creative Tools, Self-Nurturing Tools, Humor Tools and Physical Tools. We all self-sooth and as I flipped through these cards I found it interesting how many of these activities I use to self-calm. My category of choice is 'Creative Tools' with 'Self-Nurturing' Tools coming in at a close second. Which category do you think you would fit into?
As a major sensory-seeker, Miss Kate would probably need the 'Physical Tool' cards laminated and placed on a ring so she could carry them with her as a reminder of safe and healthy ways to calm her system.
For $13.99 you really can't go wrong. Remember, children with autism and disabilities of the like are often extremely visual. They think in pictures, to reference Dr. Grandin, and these cards would be a great resource.
It might be the scariest part of autism. Wandering. All parents have felt that paralyzing fear. You're shopping and when you look up your little one is no longer in sight. For parents of children with autism is especially frightening for two reasons. First of all, many children with autism cannot communicate (whether they are verbal, or not) their names or information regarding their families. They, often times, cannot answer questions and the confusion of being lost can exacerbate their symptoms, making it even more difficult for them to speak or understand speech. Secondly, and most horribly, is a person with autism's desire to go toward water. For these reason, these patches from QR Code ID may be one of the greatest ideas of come across, yet.
So, we are coming to New York this Spring. If you see a little blonde spitfire running through time square with a Ninja Turtle in each hand, please stop her and scan the patch on her coat so she can get back to us as soon as possible
Grace and Kate's mom
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