Wee Little Munchkins
Kids chew. Small kids and big kids. Kids with developmental delays chew and typical kids chew. Even some grown-ups chew. You know you do because your pens are destroyed. Basically, everyone chews. You'll know your kid is a chewer when their sleeves and the necks of their shirts are ruined! Don't worry, there is help.
It can very hard to find decent chewing material for kids, especially the bigger ones. Wee Little Munchkins offers really great items that are suitable for kids of any age. You really need to browse her Facebook page because the pictures here do not do the selection justice. There are excellent choices for boys, too. I am partial to the necklaces because both of my girls look adorable wearing them.
Enjoy exploring Facebook or Easy for these great items.
Have you heard of Brilliant Labs?
Surely, you've heard of the Hour of Code?
Many of you know I teach Kindergarten. I wasn't sure how to incorporate advanced technology into a class full of four and five year olds whom, to be fair, aren't exactly writing code these days. So, I contacted Brilliant labs and asked for some help.
When Jeff from Brilliant Labs came for a visit, he had my students coding all over the place, seriously. And he left us Meccano the robot (the super cool fella you see below) so we could continue learning about code all year long.
Our robot still lives in his box, as you can see from the photo below. He's 600 pieces and our coding club will soon get to work on him with the help of some well-meaning Kinder kids and my own engineer husband because let's face it, they'll need more support than I can provide. Pardon the state of the radiator in that pictures, but if you've been into a school lately, that is simply the state of things. So, you can imagine how luxurious it felt to receive such a generous gift from Brilliant Labs when classroom supplies are few and far between.
Stay tuned to see our progress with that handsome robot, who we've named Jeff, after our kind benefactor.
Sometimes we are contacted by a company that is keen to have us try a product because they sincerely believe that it might be beneficial for Kate. Most times, these lovely people are right, because a sensory kid is a sensory kid. Autism Enabled took the time to read about Kate and gave us our choice of items from their entire line! Can you believe that? If you browse their shop you'll see they have everything you could ever imagine and it was difficult to narrow it down.
Ultimately, we chose the Lighted Musical Butterfly for Visual Stimulation because like I said, a sensory kid is a sensory kid, Kate and I have spent hours laying in the dark and listening to the soft music and watching the glowing lights from her "Butterfly Machine", as she calls it. She is calmer and happier after our time and you know what, so am I!
Visual stimulation is very appealing to Kate, because like most with autism, she is extremely visual in nature. If we are lucky enough to continue our relationship with autism enabled we'll have access to sensory-motor tools that we could only dream about.
Check out the other visual stimulation items below. What kinds of things do you dream about owning for your sensory kid?
Your challenge, should you accept, will be to finally watch all of those Netflix shows you've been putting off. I've given you just a few ideas but surely you can find many more on your own. What are you watching right now? Is there anything I need to see? Comment below. I'd stay and chat but...Jessica Jones. Happy Streaming.
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