Well I’ve been hard at work generally…
For those of you that don’t already know, my wonderful Elizabeth is diagnosed as High Functioning Autistic (although she prefers ‘Aspie’) her special skills include being very quick to learn to read (she only has to be told a word one time to remember it so reading was easy peasy) and she has quite the photographic memory for things people say and things she reads. She is quite fabby, but she struggles with some everyday things that neuro-typicals (normal types) find easy.
I’ve been learning all about Sensory Processing Disorder (or SPD as them in the know refer to it) and I’ve been researching the subject…when we decided to home educate we were dropped like proverbial hot coals by the paediatrician and the speech and language therapy department (apparently you don’t need services like these when you are no longer in the ‘system’) and our Occupational Therapy appointment has yet to materialise despite us waiting over a year ^.^ still…I took her to Action for ASD (they meet locally every Friday evening) and she got to play whilst I got to chat to other Mums and Dads. It seems their kids are much like Elizabeth in lots of ways and we have fun comparing behaviours and ways to help etc. That’s when I found out about all kinds of wonderful products you can buy for children on the spectrum and we (Elizabeth and I) are on our way to creating a sensory room and providing her with things to cope with stressful events!
I bought a wobble cushion first off. That’s not for her room, that’s to help her sit still at the table whilst we eat meals and it has worked…a little. Mostly it just serves to remind me not to expect too much of her and to stop being mean, making her sit still!
Here’s a piccie of one. Ours cost a fiver from Lidl 🙂
It makes her fidget more than usual, but it seems to make her happier too, so I suppose it’s got to be a good thing.
We also bought ear defenders so that Elizabeth can cope in the car
Although she put them on to test them and when she could still hear Imogen’s singing she went spare!
Elizabeth has an Ikea bed like this
but she decided a few weeks ago that she no longer wanted the tent and then last week that she wanted the bed section on the bottom. So I decided to turn it upside down (it’s designed to do it but it’s bloody hard work on yer own you know!) Anyway, now the bed is upside down, the ladder leads to no-where and it has a fluffy pink curtain around it. (pictures later, she’s in bed right now so I can’t take any) She has asked for a lid. So I need to see about some MDF…knowing her though she will probably want to climb up on top and that will progress to her wanting to sleep up there and I may aswell not have bothered turning it upside down in the first place!!
Other things that were suggested were cushions for her room and also somewhere to hide and to allow her to choose her own colour schemes etc. So we are on with this…but with Elizabeth getting all kinds of things for her room and to help her cope with the world, I have two little green-eyed monsters who want ‘in’ on the action.
Soooooo I’ve started with Leon. (It would have started with Imogen but she has been a monkey so she lost her mural as a sanction…she’ll get it but will have to wait a little longer).
He wanted some action heroes on his wall. So far I have painted Superman:
he looks a bit cross-eyed on this pic, I’ve fixed it since…
and I’ve done Green Lantern. You have to excuse my illustration of Mr Lantern… here’s the original picture I copied:
You will see he most definitely has red hair, like my lovely Leon… hence the choice of super hero…however my interpretation:
has been slightly doctored in the name of ‘ginger-love’. He now has a wonderful mane of titian hair just like Leon’s 🙂 Well! It’s an improvement!!!
More on the bedroom make-overs as I complete them.