I’ve never considered having someone else write Take AIM but when the opportunity arose, wrapped up in a bow, figuratively speaking, who am I to say no?
Below is the helpful information that Andrea Wuetherick, OT, emailed after reading the last newsletter.
I found it very interesting and I think you will too.
“I think some kids need “multi-sensory” fidgets…in addition to the tactile adding in a visual, auditory (as annoying as that can be!), or olfactory component. This can help them become more engaged with fidgets if the more traditional ones that are tactile and/or fine motor manipulatives aren’t holding their interest. If they are seeking oral then it should be an oral fidget.
Also some kids do well if there is a “thinking” or problem solving component added to the fidget…think Rubik’s Cube (or our new Human Cube) but in varying degrees of difficulty to be suitable for the individual. The little girl in your newsletter’s photo is concentrating to put the links together so that is another great example! If kids are trying to regulate when something they are thinking about is bothering them, adding in that cognitive component can be really useful.”
In other words, two (or more) might be better than one.
As is so often the case when trying to understand what is going on within a child: observe and try. That could probably be called the sensory two-step – a dance that is performed by many professionals and parents every day.
No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world. ~Robin Williams
The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones. ~John Maynard Keynes
1. Create a list of activities your child enjoys. Maybe complicate the activity by adding another sensory experience or creating the need to think.
2. Too much of a good thing is still too much. It might swing into overload quickly.
3. Re-introduce an old fidget items but change its use or add something to it.
4. Encourage the use of all senses. For example,touch, smell, see and even taste a flower. Of course, that only applies to edible varieties.
5. Take a peek at some of our new products. More are on the way!
6. This is action on my part: A huge THANK YOU to Andrea for offering her expertise and allowing me to share it with you.
Over the summer, I organize ideas for the next school year. Any topics you would like to see pop up in your mailbox? Any product ideas?
Whether or not you have a new idea, some feedback about the newsletter or just want to say 'Hi!', it would be fun to hear from you. Please write below or send an email to me.