Autism’s symptoms often include difficulty processing sensory information such as textures, sounds, smells, tastes, brightness and movement. Alyssa is effected by sensory issues almost daily.
We find that she is actually sensory seeking which can be a good thing as most children with Autism shy away from sensory things such as blinking lights and loud sounds. Alyssa seeks theses things. At times loud sounds to however effect her and she doesn’t like them. We have also found that low sounds that we do not normally hear or low sounds we can ignore, she can not and doesn’t like.
Alyssa has a way of touching soft things to her lip and rubbing back and forth as a way to calm herself and she has a way of touching peoples hair and seeing the different textures. Alyssa loves roller coasters and the thrill she gets from it but she does not like to be in crowded areas surrounded by strangers she doesn’t know or she may not understand. There are so many things that effect children with Autism, and we deal with different things on a daily basis.
One of the things that we find at our home that helps to calm and “get the wiggles out” is her weighted blanket. She has a lap blanket that weighs roughly 3 lbs. We will find her sitting with this lap blanket over her legs and that is when she is in her own world again. She can sit for hours this way and I might add I do not mind when I have things to get done around the house.
She also has a “chewy” item made for just for chewing on. this Chewy hangs from her neck and goes everywhere with her, she can shew on it and it doesn’t get destroyed.
So if you are looking for items to help your sensory child, these are a few of the things that work for our Alyssa!
We shop at The Autism Shop where we find many wonderful things that help her. You can get fidgets, swings, weighted blankets, books, and more. They have been amazing in helping us and they allow you to come into the store and test out several of the items they have. You can even order online if you are not local!