How can a house be made for my kid’s needs? I’m glad to answer that question. It didn’t happen over night. It’s been a process.
In this post you will find what has helped my kids with clickable links to make it easy for you to get them too. This is an Amazon Affiliate post, which means my family will receive 6-8% of your purchase. With Christmas coming up, that would really help us.
In our house fidgets are a big deal. They are in every room, ready for the kids to us.
In the kitchen, we have biters in the drawers. We have crunchy snacks great for relieving tension. There are putties and drawing aids in a closet nearby for the kids to use at the kitchen table.
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Weighted blankets help calm and ground our kids. We keep these in both sitting rooms in our house.
We store them in a bin in our front room and in a basket in our family room. The kids use these especially in cold months. However, they look a bit dirty now. I don’t know of a way to clean them?
If I could, I would have swings in every room in the house. Not just for sex (ha! couldn’t resist), but as chairs for sitting like Ikea sells. My kids love swings.
I have a doorway swing in my bedroom (never used it for sex, just saying). That swing has a hammock, baby swing, ladder, trapeze (no comment), a glider, and a red cloth swing.
In our basement, we have multiple choices for swings. Normally a platform swing is up. But we also have a nesting swing, a sitting cloth swing, and another swing that cozies the kids inside.
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At our house we have lots of crashing. All three ASD children, like to ram their bodies into objects. When this is seen, I like to prompt them to crash. It sounds awful, but it really is fun.
In my bedroom, I have a crash pad where the kids jump from my master bed (not an adult oasis, sorry for all the men lining up to date me with my four kids – pfffft) into the crash pad, which is huge fun! I tried it once, it was awesome!
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In the basement we have the mother load crash pad. It is huge. The kids run across the basement and dive in! We also scoot it by the platform swing, so the kids can rock back and forth, then jump onto it.
AirZone 4-1/2 Foot Kids First Outdoor Band Trampoline with Mesh Padded Perimeter Safety Enclosure
We have sit and spins. This is not like our classic toy. It’s called an Astronaut Board. My youngest uses this before bed.
5. Astronaut Board:
360 Spin Board
My eleven year old likes to play on his phone and lay on it on his belly. He rocks from side to side.
This used to be a huge thing! We took them on vacations. The kids crowded into one together. Lately, the have sat dormant.
I keep a body sock in my youngest’s room as it calms her. There are also a couple in the bins in our front room.
We also keep headphones everywhere. A pair is normally in the van. There are multiple pairs in the bins in the front room.
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Most importantly, I keep a pair in my bedroom. This is so when it storms, whichever kid that wakes up can wear the headphones. They go back to sleep more quickly.
Back when the kids were newly diagnosed, they needed more support. During that period, we used a Sensory tunnel often. We also used scooters, to get energy out.
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Another blessing, was deep pressure vests. These helped keep our now eleven year old alert.
8. Pressure Vests:
Abilitations Integrations Deep Pressure Sensory Vest, Extra Small, Red
Lastly, we used lots of oral motor devices as both younger kids drooled until they were way past four years old. Items we used included, vibrating brushes, nuk brushes, and bibs.
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I hope this gives you lots of ideas how to tailor your house to your kids needs. How have you adapted your house for your children?
Please share your ideas in the comments below. We all can learn from each other.
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