Nathan is doing SO much better since starting physical and occupational therapy! He now goes to bed between 8pm and 10:30pm and sleeps most of the night. He takes regular naps now as well. He will climb all over playgrounds, play in the water sprinkler outside, trying to learn to peddle a bike, does much better walking up stairs alternating his feet, and his fine motor skills are improving. We are still working on getting his over-response (negatively) to touch down, his head sensitivities, and a few other things better. Hopefully he’ll keep improving. I am very, very proud of him.
His therapists recommended that we start taking him to the pool to try and desensitize him. The only issue is that we do not have access to one, and the local pool here is extremely expensive. We decided to buy season passes again to Kings Island. It is a great place to help him confront his sensory issues in a fun environment. They have the water park for swimming and the amusement park with rides to expose him to various sensory input. We went recently to the amusement part and definitely noticed improvements. 🙂
He is now on a “sensory diet” to help him as well. Each day he has to do activities to address the various forms of input. To strengthen him we may play games involving climbing the stairs or jumping on the trampoline. For balance, riding his balance bike or hopping on one foot. Sensory play may include his sand table, bubbles, or water play. I try to do brief deep pressure messages to work him up to tolerating or maybe even enjoying being hugged or snuggled. We’ve got a long way to go, but we’re getting there one day at a time.