Tuesday, April 21, 2009
p.s. we have done the brushing 3 times today and jackson LOVES it! He got so excited when I pulled out the brush and said "oh mom ms. jill gave you a brush! that's so beautiful! let's go" He was ready to be brushed and we will see if there are any changes in him!!!
Sensory Integration/Occupational Therapy Recommendations
BRUSHING/JOINT COMPRESSION TECHNIQUE:
Purpose: to provide deep tactile input to help organize sensory system, increase focus and level of alertness. It is best to provide technique daily every two hours and prior to activities that may facilitate fear, anxiety, or resistance.
Item needed: surgical brush (may substitute by using bath brush (at Dollar Tree) that looks just like the surgical brush or use opened flat palm side of your hand)
1. Using surgical brush, apply firm continuous deep pressure as you brush from the finger tips toward shoulder. Repeat this ten times, ( as tolerated). Always start at the fingers and end at the shoulder. (Avoid brushing face and stomach).
2. After brushing, apply deep joint compression to shoulder, elbow, & wrist. Make sure child remains still, joints are in alignment. Hold joint and apply pressure for the count of ten.
3. Lastly, apply joint compression to both shoulders at the same time, on top of the head, and lastly, firm pressure above lip using finger tip.
4. This technique can also be applied to legs and feet. Apply pressure to hips, knees, ankles & feet.Suggestions:gradually increase tolerance to technique, ie.. apply 3 strokes with brush followed by joint compression. Do not try to force child to except technique. Try to slowly start out then gradually increase the frequency.try to be sneaky in your approach, for example... as child is engaged with play activity apply input to legsallow child to apply his own brushing at times if desired. This is not an effective substitute approach.introduce brush during play time, ie., shaving creamother activities: inside barrel with pillows wedged around child, hot dog game where roll child in blanket tightly and rock rhythmically, quit box with music or textures to regroup self, bean bag chair to rock rhythmically with deep pressure applied, loofah brush in shower.
Now when we do this we see a calming effect in Noah, it's quite amazing actually.Other things he was doing in his therapies were swinging in a blanket (takes two people and a strong blanket) and as we swing we bounce him against the side of the couch. he also likes jumping on his mini trampoline and crashing into a pile of pillows, and we have a swivel rocker and he loves spinning around and around - to the point where it would probably make you or I throw up! Not him!We've also done obstacle courses, crawling through a soft tunnel, balance beam walking, walking on his hands with someone holding his feet up, and lots of swinging in different types of swings (the PT's office has wonderful variety).So we hope we are back in the swing (no pun intended) of therapy again next week and life gets smoother once again in our little household.
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Monday, April 20, 2009
I am very encouraged, although this is going to be a long process. Please pray we get "in-network" benefits approved so we have money to pay for his college one day without going broke on his pre-k therapy. :) I start the insurance requests in the morning!
For now I am going to leave you with a picture of my 5 year old t-ball star!!!!
NOTE: this is my kid who last year couldn't stand still or pay attention longer than 3 seconds. His first game was awesome. Jackson caught the first ground ball hit of the game and scooped it up, threw it to first, and gave ust he biggest thumbs up and smile!! My heart melted and I am so proud of how much he improved
Saturday, April 18, 2009
1. Cherry 7-up (3 sips with a smile and puzzled amazement that he ACTUALLY liked it)
2. Blue-Raspberry Icee (drank the WHOLE darn thing!) thanks cousin riley for the gentle peer pressure!!!! :)
3. Mcdonald's french fries-after watching his new t-ball friends enjoy a meal at mickey d's, jackson didn't want to be the odd man out and asked for MY fries instead of the wendy's standby that dad had brought. (I didn't need the calories anyway!)
so there you have it! my heart is all bubbly and giddy that jackson is making these efforts himself. of course, we have a long way to go, but I will take what I can get.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
It is interesting to note that jackson does very well in a busy restaurant environment and not so well at home. I don't know if that is because he knows the expectations we have when going out and he is on his best behavior or if for some sensory reason he does better with food being offered in a busy place.
This morning jackson came to the table for breakfast and said he didn't want to eat. I told him that was fine and he could just sit and visit with us while we planned out our day. I ate cereal and Logan ate pancakes. After 5 min or so jackson asked for bacon. I happily agreed to make him some. He ate one piece and then got upset. "my tummies are not working!" he said, "they feel sick" I told him he was doing a great job and we put a star on his chart for sitting at the table with us. He then said, "mom, I'm having a hard time eating, my tummy is sad". I hugged him and told him he did super and let him get down. He was obviously stressed and we let him remove himself from the table. He recovered nicely later. We went to the pool (yes, the pool, gotta love spring in louisiana!) Jackson saw his cousin riley order a blue raspberry icee and asked for one. I got him one. He cautiously tasted it and was thrilled. He LOVED it! Drank the whole darn thing! He reminded me that he needed a star sticker when we got home!
Tonight at dinner I grilled chicken, made tater tots and green beans and a salad. I set the table and put one tater tot on jackson's plate. (I found some that are letters and thought he would love to play with them). He came to the table and immediately got nervous. I told him I thought he would have fun spelling things with the letter tater tots and they were not to eat. He again asked for bacon, which I made, (baby steps here). John, logan, and I all started eating our grilled chicken and he ate his bacon. Half way through the meal, logan wanted to sit closer to his brother and moved his plate over next to him. Jackson got very upset and anxious about logan's plate full of food next to him and we had to move logan back to his chair. Overall, though, we seem to be making some very good baby steps forward!!!
Sorry for the crazy long rambling post. Just trying to keep up with everything!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
baby step goals:
#1 Get Jackson to come to the table and just sit during meal times.(no expectation of eating)
#2 Get Jackson to come to the table and sit and eat his accepted foods.
#3 Get Jackson to come to the table and see new foods with accepted food without fear/panic
#4 Get Jackson to come to the table and experiment/play with new foods, eventually trying it
This is our game plan to start with. It seems pretty straight forward. But the reality of it is so overwhelming and will require patience, structure, and teamwork. It may take a week or 2 and it could take months to get through theses steps that I have laid out.
This morning John was home so we attempted to have a family breakfast. I put cereal, milk, bacon, and nutragrain bars on the table. We all sat down and prayed like we would for dinner. I explained to jackson that we were going to eat now and we would love for him to join us. He willingly came to the table. Logan poured cereal and milk, as did john and I. We didn't offer anything to jackson and he asked for 1 piece of bacon (a regular accepted food). As he ate, he shifted, bounced, layed down on the bench at the table, straddled 2 benches, and hung upside down from his bench. He ate one piece but found it VERY difficult to be at the table. We re-introduced the sticker chart for reward system and he understood that he would be rewarded for sitting at the table for meal. This was very exciting for him. He lasted at the table for 12 minutes and then asked to get down. Overall, a very good first attempt. He seemed stressed the last 2 minutes about the possibility of having to eat something else and it was obvious he wanted to remove himself from the situation.
As he improves, I will encourage him to sit still for longer periods and we will try to master that before moving on to any kind of food therapy.
Lunch was hard because we were at gramma's with cousins and it was hectic. He did eat 5 wendy's nuggets, a few fries, and drank his strawberry kiwi juice. He seems to do better in busy, louder environments when he doesn't have to focus on what he is eating.
Dinner was 7 pieces of bacon and morning sticks. He was starving when we came in from hours of playing ball in the backyard and a long walk and I knew he wouldn't do well with sitting at the table, so I caved. I guess that is ok for the first day, but already feeling guilty about it. He ate in front of the T.V.
He is now full and happy and headed to bed. I'm tired but excited to see what tomorrow brings!
His evaluation went well and it is so encouraging to know that there is help out there for parents like us who are dealing with a "sensory kid". Right now it seems a good way to describe what we are experiencing with jackson is a sensory processing disorder. I am so happy that we can set goals for jackson and have a workable therapy approach to help him deal with his anxiety and other issues.
As always, we would love your prayers for patience in dealing with the baby steps it will take to make progress in the therapy with jackson. 99 % of it will be at home with me and I will be the main "therapist" following through with the Abilities therapists recommendations.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
As I ponder what this weekend means to me, I am humbled and speechless at the pain and suffering that Jesus endured for me. This song says it all, and what a glorious morning to awake on easter and rejoice in the risen savior!! He is risen and I am forever grateful for HIS sacrifice.
I also LOVE this song by Third Day, Thief. Different perspective, powerful song!
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
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