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Guest Blog- Transition to high school by Pippa

By Clare Meaney
on September 04, 2017

Transition to high school...

 

Age 11 yrs, 4 months, oldest son is getting ready for high school!  Frontal lobe brain injury, dyspraxia, mild learning difficulties and a bunch of sensory issues accompany him wherever he goes! 

 

So checklist...

 

M&S uniform (with wonderful adaptations - hidden velcro behind shirt buttons and pull on trousers!  Although we wonder if people will laugh at the adaptations as they may have laughed at his inability to do the buttons and zips as he is bound to show the world his "special" clothes!) tick on the checklist

Clip on tie, tick

Slip on stylish shoes, tick

Know some other kids in first year, tick

 

World of sensory issues exploding, tick

 

So, he... 

Must wear one sock

Must eat frequently, soft, bland, easy foods

Must sleep in mum's bed

Must hide from our emotions watching Minecraft in YouTube

 

So, to deal with this first, quite  adult, transition, and as it's the end of an active summer holiday, we have come to some agreements.

 

  •  Food must be prepared by himself (we don't generally keep processed food in the house now cos he has no off button for this kind of food) and tidied away.
  •  OK to sleep in mum's bed, let's face it, he won't want to do that forever.  Adding lots of heavy bedding means a good night's sleep for all of us!
  •  YouTube is allowed after useful, responsible jobs are done, like grass cutting, for an agreed time, stopped by a noisy timer.  This "coincidentally" happens about an hour before dinner, so there is an obvious new thing to do at the end of the time, and I get to make dinner in peace!
  • And as for the one sock? Well, I bought 20 pairs the same on offer in sports shop for £4.00 all in, so all boys can wear them and no one cares about hidden or lost socks anymore.  (And pairing them after laundry can be done by us all, yay!)

 

Fidget spinners are the go-to choice, red, silver, light up, heavy or light, useful to distract if anxious, and to use for challenges, eg give your brothers a complement before it stops spinning, count in 2s or 5s etc before it stops.

 

Zip bracelets are great if he's a bit jittery, and are super for licking too!  Don't think they would survive much chewing, but we are not at chewy behaviour just now.

 

So the countdown is on... First day approaches.   Let's see what the new term brings. (And how many very expensive uniforms will be lost eek!)

Brushing teeth- Yes its torturous for our sensory kiddos

By Clare Meaney
on September 04, 2016

We have soooo many asking about brushing teeth we too used to have a nightmare with this, screaming and really extreme violent behaviour twice a day, putting my son in such a bad mood before school or going anywhere and again just before bedtime became such a nightmare, sending him so hyper it would then take me ages to calm him down again.
To be honest I thought he was just being a bit of a pain (like all us parents do when we are busy with daily life and not recognising that actually my Sensory Kiddo is not being naughty he's actually really struggling) We tried every toothpaste we could find but none of them helped with the constant war on teeth.
Well you will be happy to know my son age 10 now just goes and brushes his teeth. He's never gonna be a big fan of it but he can cope with it now, without the whole street knowing it's that time of day again.
How did we do it? We met the lovely ladies from Oranurse(We love them here at Multi-sensory World they are always so friendly and helpful) I remember the first time I met them I was so excited to try the unflavoured toothpaste with my son because as they explained about it realisation hit actually he's not been being a pain it was actually really distressing for him with the other toothpastes we had been trying.
Oranurse Toothpaste- Multi-sensory World
Now he's older and can communicate better he's explained it's like he's on fire and it's burning all his  mouth and stays like that for about an hour after, so the hyper behaviour was him in pain not being a crazy hyper kid like I first thought. They also gave us a finger toothbrush, I never thought something so simple would make it far easier for him to actually feel his teeth as a lot of people with Sensory Issues struggle with Tactile Perception (feeling things properly) so seem very clumsy and struggle with motor skills. This can also be Signs of Dyspraxia but in my sons case his motor skills are very up and down depending on mood and whats going on around him at that moment so he isn't Dyspraxic but looks at times that he is really severely. The finger toothbrush has worked to give some people more independence and more control.
A few others have used the finger toothbrushes for licking as they are transparent they are pretty discreet i came up with the idea one year at the Autism show with a very desperate mum struggling with her son licking everything in sight we tried it on him at the show and his mum is now forever grateful as she no longer gets licked. I think as a company we try and find solutions more for people as we know that desperation feeling of not having a clue what to try next and want as much as possible to eliminate that feeling for families.
Finger Toothbrush- Multi-sensory World
Don't get me wrong not all children with Sensory issues struggle with brushing teeth but it is a really common thing with children with Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism and lots of other Special needs and also Dementia Patients we have had some lovely success stories recently. We also sell a few variations of Toothbrush Timers Robots and Owls. To make it a visual thing to know how long 2 Minutes actually is. Perfect for visual learners.
One of our review team has recently done really well with brushing her teeth. It makes such a difference to families this small thing can cause so much distress and then puts everyone in a bad mood for the day, and believe me i don't miss the bites i used to get for trying to make him brush his teeth so its win win for everyone, just to try it out.
Oranurse- Multi-sensory World

Here is a Review from Olivia-Angel and her lovely mum. Thank you for the toothpaste and finger toothbrush. At first Olivia-Angel was a bit dubious about it, so she tasted the toothpaste with her tongue.... Now she can't get enough of cleaning her teeth!! A very happy customer :-) We check up every so often and Olivia-angel is still doing great with brushing her teeth.

We have a little guy on on review team who is trying it out now, hopefully we have the same success for him here was the first message from mum so we will give you an update on Arlo soon but it sounded very positive so far- Thank you so much for Arlo's finger toothbrush and unflavoured paste. He was over the moon to receive his parcel again! He asked could he brush his teeth straight away!! We always have difficulty with him brushing his teeth so I was really pleased! He loved both the brush and paste and has been asking to brush his teeth a few times already!

If you have any questions about the toothpaste please get in touch we have 0-3, 4+ and original toothpaste available on our website and we have just started a new thing that you can order a sample of the Unflavoured Toothpaste to give you a chance to try it first CLICK here.

The confusing World of Chewing and Chew Jewellery

By Clare Meaney
on May 16, 2016

So you’ve read our blog about Chewing, Licking and all things Saliva but now the specifics on Chew Jewellery for you all. As a lot of you will know chewing has always been a pretty severe Sensory Issue for us. My son started the day after finding a school teacher he had got on well with was leaving after the Christmas holidays. Suddenly everything was in his mouth and he was so anxious all the time. He used to bite through jumpers and bit his hands really hard all the time and also biting people a lot (usually me) so I decided to look up how I could help him out and bought some chew jewellery online.

They were great but then only lasted 3 days so again looked for some tougher Jewellery and spent so much on all different types. Finally we found ones we were happy enough with and that my little guy could really bite hard on and we found they really helped with his anxiety and made it possible for him to now go to supermarkets, parties and the cinema.

We have tried all different types since then and have had a really good success rate on which chews work for different types of chewing so here is a rough guide for you all but if you need any specific help please get in touch with us before buying.

Chew Jewellery

All the ones we stock are BPA, lead, latex, phthalate free silicone jewellery.

We have all different colours available of the ones below also.

Dog tags- are a very nice discreet chew but they are only for very light chewers teenagers love them for the ‘cool’ factor. Some wear only 1 tag at a time or some both together. These are great for people who just need something in their mouth or bite on things like elastic bands, blu-tac that soft kind of texture.

Width - 2.8 cm
Length - 4.8 cm
Thickness 0.6 cm at thickest point

Geotags- These are a new type we are stocking a lot thicker than the dog tags but still a ‘cool’ looking one that boys and girls both like wearing and has a bit more of a texture to them that looks a bit like Tetris pieces. They give a bit more sensory stimulation for all those sensory seekers out there. These are also great for building up muscles in people with low muscle tone.

5.5cm long
3cm wide
1.5 cm deep

Realm rings- These are also new to our range they are a fidget toy as well as a chew as you can squeeze them and chew them. They have a lovely smooth glossy feel to them too and are a bit different than the other styles.

5.5cm in diameter.
1.4 cm deep
0.8 cm wide

Rain Drops- These are a bit of a tougher chew necklace not as much bounce back as the others but a nice shape. Some mums wear these for teething babies.

Height 5.7cm
Width 4.2cm (at widest point)
Thickness 1cm (at thickest point)

Eternity- These are our joint most popular chews at the moment with the button chews. The Eternity necklaces have helped us as a family out loads they are super soft in texture similar to the feel of very soft skin but still pretty tough so this one is great for those who chew material and skin either their own or other people’s skin.

Button Necklaces- This is our most robust chew for more aggressive chewers my son used to get through all chews very quickly especially when he was very anxious until we found these. They have saved me from a few nasty bites now and he really can bite down very hard for long periods of time with no damage to it. So if very hard plastic, wood or metal are the textures your seeker is going for then this is the chew for you. We have had a lot of success stories about these ones in particular as they are for the more extreme biters.

Diameter 5cm
Thickness 1.4 cm at thickest point

Chubes- These are great for putting on hoodie strings you thread them through using a hair grip(that’s what I’ve found is the easiest way) It comes with 4 chubes and a necklace inside and can also if your strong enough be put on the end of a pencil. Great for those who chew coats or hoodie strings.

Each Chube is
Length 5.5cm
Width 1.3cm
Thickness 0.4cm either side of the hole


Tread Bracelets- These are for people who would prefer the bracelet types they have a textured tread over them. These are the toughest bracelets we do in our range and we can get them in adult sizes if you ask us.

Internal diameter - 5.5cm approx.
External diameter 7.5cm approx.
Thickness approx. 1.5cm x 1cm

Zigzag Bracelets- These are a softer feel than the tread bracelets so brilliant for those sleeve chewers all jumper sleeves can now be saved with this type of chew

Diameter – 6cm

Emotichew- These bracelets are a chew and a communication aid in one. The Red side says Leave Me Be with a little angry face and the Green side says Talk to Me with a happy little face. Lots of teachers also use these in class for students to show they are struggling or need to get out the classroom or the teacher wears them as a visual for children of when they can speak with the teacher and when they need to leave her/him to do something.

Small Emotichew Internal diameter - 5.5cm approx.
Large Emotichew Internal diameter - 6.5cm approx.
thickness 5mm approx.

Hexichew- A great tough chew and fidget toy in one. Six arms, 3 with balls and 3 with loops, allowing them to be linked to each other or link the same one by bending across. These are also great for people with less mobility as they are a bit chunkier than the other designs so easier to hold.

Approx. 15 cm in total length.

So there it is Chew Jewellery explained hopefully this will help you pick the right chew for you or your child. If you need any more help with picking chews feel free to message on our facebook page, or send me an email clare@multi-sensoryworld.co.uk we now work with lots of Schools, Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists and families so that you won’t be wasting money like we did having to try lots of different ones with no clue what was more likely to help.

 

Getting little fingers to move

By Clare Meaney
on September 16, 2015


So I hear lots of people asking me about fine motor skills, firstly what are fine motor skills?


Wikipedia definition- Fine motor skill (or dexterity) is the coordination of small muscle movements—usually involving the synchronization of hands and fingers—with the eyes. The complex levels of manual dexterity that humans exhibit can be attributed to and demonstrated in tasks controlled by the nervous system. Fine motor skills aid in the growth of intelligence and develop continuously throughout the stages of human development. In easy terms the muscles don’t quite do what you want them to and causes soooooo much frustration.


So they are pretty important the most obvious ways to notice fine motor skills in kids is writing, doing buttons/zips and using cutlery if they have trouble doing these things the likelihood is that there fine motor skills are under developed. If this is the case you may want to speak with school to see if they have noticed anything.


Sometimes they just need to do a few more activities like playing with putty or threading some beads to practise a bit more in other cases it can be an indicator of maybe having a condition like dyspraxia or hypermobility.


All the fidget toys help develop fine motor skills. We never go out without a rainbow orbit ball we like them for one they are very robust, squeezing them gives your hands a real work out and they are also easier to catch with small spaces in between the loops. This has really helped my son he has been a bit weak on fine motor skills and has hypermobility but is now doing great after we have worked a lot with him to develop them. #proudmommamoment


If your child has problems with fine motor skills it really can effect confidence so make practising fun we post so many ideas on our Facebook page for developing fine motor skills so that kids don’t get bored and we always love to hear about your ideas too.


A new thing we have just got to help kids with handwriting is something called a Magnatab we had so much fun trying them out recently writing with magnets and they are really sturdy we hope they will be really popular with you all. If you ever have any questions as always we are really happy to help :-)

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