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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!)

Christmas Top 15 at Multi-sensory World

By Clare Meaney
on November 13, 2016

So we get asked over and over which are our most Popular products well here is a quick run down of a few our favourites

At Number 15

Monster Feet- Multi-sensory world- www.multi-sensoryworld.co.uk

We have our new product monster feet I can't wait for all the photos of these on Christmas morning these are great for climbers, we all know a little or big one who will not stop the climbing. Which can be a real nightmare visiting family so these give that same sensation and are a bit more manageable. £9 https://www.multi-sensoryworld.co.uk/products/monster-feet

Number 14

Switch Lights have always been a popular nightlight but even more popular over Christmas time for stocking filler gifts. We have also had a lot of families getting them for sensory boards they are making and also for people with Dementia. Great for taking out and about with you. Only £3.50 https://www.multi-sensoryworld.co.uk/products/switch-night-light

Number 13

Colour Code is one of our new Logic games that is brilliant for Visual Perception and fun for the whole family. £17.50 https://www.multi-sensoryworld.co.uk/products/colour-code-game

Number 12

Brilliant time to get these Recordable Wall Panels perfect for an organised new Year whether its for a school or at home these can have so many uses. £25 https://www.multi-sensoryworld.co.uk/products/recordable-wall-panel

Number 11

Tom Tags have been a new product for us this Year and we are so happy with them. They have been a big help personally to us with daily self care routines. And we have been so happy about the new Christmas/Birthday Set From £12 https://www.multi-sensoryworld.co.uk/search?q=tom+tags

Number 10

Star light Projector- Multi-sensory world

These are a beautiful new Sensory Light we have found that is not only a lovely projector but lights up on the inside of the light with stars to make it the perfect gift for the kids who have everything, who doesn't love glow up things. £15 https://www.multi-sensoryworld.co.uk/products/star-lamp-projector

Number 9

Fidget flip mirror- www.multi-sensoryworld.co.uk

For repetative playing this is our most popular a lot of Autistic children really do love this product and the mirror and colours make it a fun learning tool also £6 https://www.multi-sensoryworld.co.uk/products/fidget-flip-mirror

Number 8

Twiddles- Multi-sensory world- www.multi-sensoryworld.co.uk

These have been our most popular Fidget Toy this year we were getting a little bit bored of tangle toys and this has helped so many kids in school and for calming anxiety. They come in different sizes and different colours also From £5 https://www.multi-sensoryworld.co.uk/search?q=twiddles

Number 7

Christmas Putty is in just this week and already everyone is going wild for it we can't seem to keep it in stock for long so get this very quickly and its only £3 https://www.multi-sensoryworld.co.uk/collections/putty/products/scarab-putty?variant=33207317706

Number 6

Colour changing egg- Multi-sensory world- www.multi-sensoryworld.co.uk

LED Colour changing eggs are always a lovely simple gift, even for cousins, and friends kids and at only £4 you can't go wrong with these https://www.multi-sensoryworld.co.uk/products/colour-changing-egg

Number 5

Smartmax- Multi-sensory world- www.multi-sensoryworld.co.uk

These are a really sturdy magnetic set for age 0 and upwards which makes it a perfect gift, educational as well as fun £33 https://www.multi-sensoryworld.co.uk/products/smart-max-lighthouse

Number 4

Infinity Mirror- Multi-sensory world- www.multi-sensoryworld.co.uk

This is my favourite i love to see kids faces when they look into this amazing light that can be hung on the wall or just held £12 https://www.multi-sensoryworld.co.uk/products/infinity-mirror

 

Number 3

Blizzard bubbles- Multi-sensory World

Bubble Blizzard's are our Number 1 stocking filler this year i think and once you run out of the bubble solution use washing up liquid to create many more fun mini bubbles. £2.50 https://www.multi-sensoryworld.co.uk/products/blizzard-bubble-blower

Number 2

Well i never realised how popular these shuffle cars would be.... brilliant for proprioceptive input and a very fun present for very active Sensory Seekers £45 https://www.multi-sensoryworld.co.uk/products/shuffle-car

Number 1

Well  our number 1 this is going to be keeping a lot of little and big kids quiet this Christmas. At all events we have been to this has been our number 1 seller its brilliant for age 6+ but we have so many adults loving it too. Some families are even buying a couple of them to play on game nights and only £8.50 https://www.multi-sensoryworld.co.uk/collections/new-front-page-2/products/iq-puzzler-pro

Hope this gives you all lots of ideas for your Christmas shopping now for the whole family

:-)

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.

 

That fear of........ Where has my child gone he was just here?

By Clare Meaney
on April 27, 2016

That 10 seconds of fear……. Blood going cold where has my child gone?

This can all be a thing of the past with your child or family member wearing a My Buddy Tag.

They are currently £42.99 on our website www.multi-sensoryworld.co.uk

 

Day’s out and holiday’s in the past have been so stressful for us my son will sometimes just do a runner on me when he is in sensory overload and I have to chase after him. But the most worrying time is when he just wanders off in his own little world…. There was a cat over there I wanted to see…… or I saw a Minecraft figure that I haven’t got yet and needed a better look….. Or I wanted to go swimming.

To him he can’t understand why I would be worried that I couldn’t find him. The Buddy Tag for us has calmed that down. He wears the band all the time and it’s kept on by a small little screw its waterproof so he wears it in the shower etc. you don’t have to wear it on a band you can hide it in a pocket or a coat or on a pair of shoelaces.

This is not a GPS system it is to know when your child has got too far away it links up with an app on your phone and you can change the specifics like if it touches water to send an alarm on holiday this was a massive worry for us as he would just jump in and not remember arm bands etc. also you can set the alarm to go off at different distances.

You can also have more than one tag attached at the same time so if you have twins they can both wear them, you can select vibration or different ring tones to alert you. Also the band the person wears has a panic button on, we have found this great as my son can tell me very discreetly he’s had enough when we are out. If your child is lost it will tell you there last location. And also tells you how much battery percentage you have left.

Recently like a lot of you I have been watching The A Word I think I have said on every episode ‘ohhh I wish Joe had a Buddy Tag on him’ It has highlighted the risk to parents of all children not just Autistic Children, unfortunately it can happen to anyone.

On a day out and holidays (airports especially) I have found this so helpful as also it doesn’t just have to be your phone if Grandma is taking them out she can just have the app downloaded on her phone. It has given my son a lot more independence which is what we are striving for and gave us a far less stressful holiday.

Also to be aware these don't just have to be used with just kids, people who suffer with things like alzheimers or learning difficulties could benefit from one also to keep them independent as long as possible.

Homeschooling and everyone thinking I’ve gone crazy (crazier)

By Clare Meaney
on January 09, 2016


One of my favourite quotes- you can’t knock a square peg into a round hole even if you force it.


Well its official we are now a homeschooling family and pretty excited about our journey. So a bit about us life was hard work every Sunday afternoon the meltdowns would start by Monday we had my little guy throwing up and completely beside himself with anxiety, at times he was so violent driving along and I could tell he didn’t want to behave like that but he just really couldn’t calm himself down. Holidays were always far easier but took a lot of organising. So I sat in a meeting being told he shows no obvious signs of anxiety so obviously living in the toilets, toe walking out of shoes in 3 weeks and biting through chews at a crazy rate were all ok.


I decided in this completely stressful moment there has got to be more to life than this for my special little boy and for myself and my family as it has a knock on effect for everyone as I sat there crying which everybody who knows me, I don’t cry often I decided to have a think about my options I am so lucky having an amazingly supportive family who supported my idea to Homeschool.


Some people’s reactions to me homeschooling have been funny, you can’t run a business, homeschool a child and be a single mum it’s not possible. Believe me I’m not saying it’s easy by far but it is possible the majority of stress has been lifted from our home and instead of using all my energy fighting with an education system that doesn’t help my child out I decided to use that energy to get organised and start living, learning and having some fun together.


I’m not saying everything is plane sailing now we homeschool. Christmas day I thought would be this magical, amazing time as he was so much calmer, boy was I wrong haha but you live and learn and pick yourself up again. Some days I don’t sleep until really late trying to stay organised and keep everything ticking over whilst trying to still remember to do the washing and not be off in the land of Pinterest/google and finding what fun stuff we can do now :-) But like I said we are lucky having amazing family helping out with piano, computer programming, spelling, trips out and holidays and everything in between.


We don’t have an issue with the education side of things at home as he is such a clever boy and being 1 to 1 he is flying though work at an amazing rate and wants to help now with cooking tea and is excited learning important life skills that schools aren’t teaching children in the current curriculum. We get to do his sensory diet integrated into lessons, spellings and reading with water beads, timetables whilst doing exercises and lots of work on motor skills and lots of speech and language exercises that I have researched for him. We can also use his Senseez cushion, calming music and fidget toys without a big deal being made about them.


Homeschooling really has been a blessing to us but it isn’t for everyone as it really does take a big commitment of time and it’s very full on but the reward for us is a boy who is starting to cope with life in a supportive environment. Our next challenge now we’ve taken time to get calmer is to join some homeschooling groups and evening activities as we have now got small meets with others going well and want to slowly expand his social interactions in a positive way and build on his growing confidence.


So as my favourite quote says it is so important to not knock off the corners of our lovely square pegs otherwise life would be so boring.

Month of events

By Clare Meaney
on December 02, 2015

Well it’s been a busy month how glad I am the big events are over. They are amazing but really hard work at the same time but we would like to thank The disabled Living team from Kidz to Adultz up North and The OT Show team and all at the NEC for all there help and guidance on these big events. We learn every time we do a big event like these what we are doing well and what we need to learn from (we’ve certainly learnt we need a proper trolley to carry all our items!)


The biggest thank you has to go to my parents my mum being teacher for my little man who is now homeschooled, and helping get me organised and my dad who did both the events with me on his days off from his other business (and lent us a member of staff), I really am so lucky to have this amazing support network around me a little brother who helps me set up and ropes in a friend to help us out too, It really is a family business.


It’s also great getting to meet other exhibitors we had a great guy Ben from Integrex next to us at the OT show who gave us some very valuable tips on where to park and even gave me sweets (much needed) and let me play on the amazing interactive games they sell.


So I think our most popular products have been the unusual magnatabs have been a sell-out everywhere for kids with confidence issues around writing for whatever reasons (motor skills, autism, dyspraxia or just bored of the usual hand writing sheets) these are perfect.


Our glitter lamps have also been a big success as they are the first type like that which don’t heat up at all so perfect for babies up to elderly and everyone in between.


We love meeting all the families and love finding out what kind of things they want us to look out for, if you have any suggestions we are more than happy to try and find them. We even have a few people interested in designing things we know people are looking for now so it’s a very exciting time.
Now to decide which shows to do next year……………..

Giving you all a Heads up on dates

By Clare Meaney
on September 28, 2015

So we are creeping into our busiest time of the year the dreaded Christmas time rush and it’s not even been Halloween yet but I have had sooooo many emails asking which events we are going to be at so here are a couple of main dates.

So one of my favourites is at Coffee Break xtra a local group ran by the lovely Angie it is open to any parents/ carers of children with additional needs this will be on the 3rd November at Bethany Chapel in Prenton on the Wirral it’s a very welcoming group so even if it’s your first time and you want to see Multi-sensory Worlds things you will be more than welcome to come along and pre-school children are welcome.

On the 19th November we will be exhibiting at Kidz up North which is at event City in Manchester lots of schools, OT’s, Physiotherapists, Families, Charities here we will be selling all our Christmas stock as well as all our normal sensory products and as usual we will have lots for the kids (and adults) to play with we really love it when people get the opportunity to try out our products.

On the 25th and 26th November we will be exhibiting at the Birmingham NEC The Occupational Therapy Show this is only for Occupational Therapists unfortunately but I know we have quite a few on our Facebook page. Here we will be showing our wide selection of Chew Jewellery, and the new things we have in our OT section like the Balanco balance boards and Scooter boards as well as all our normal sensory products too.

The other events we have booked in are for specific schools, charities and companies that have asked us to come along and aren’t open to the public. Quite a lot of people keep saying they want us to come to events they are holding but we are getting very short on dates now so if you are wanting us to come along before Christmas please enquire about dates at clare@multi-sensoryworld.co.uk asap to avoid disappointment.

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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