by Jenna Schade June 20, 2019
I heard that you have a little super hero a bit like mine. That you dread the after school melt-downs… hope to find the right words to bring calm… and scramble to get ahead of transitions and change?
I know that feeling… when you dread even simple things like getting them in the car in the morning… when you secretly hope someone else will magically appear and take care of it today.
I have spoken to SO many of you over the last few years… and I want you to know that I hear you… and I am here with you… and you are doing an amazing job!
If we sat down for a coffee together, I would happily admit that my special little Chloe… with all her beautiful quirks… is a big time MOVEMENT SEEKER… and a SQUISH SEEKER.
She will always be upside down, running around, swinging off the pantry cupboard doors, jumping on a bed, or from my bed to my bedroom chair and back again… over . and . over . and . over!!! I would tell you that the biggest game changer was getting to know what her brain needed to feel “just right”, and making sure she had the equipment at home available so she can do ALL the things in a SAFE WAY, but more importantly in a way where she wasn’t getting into trouble constantly!
I would tell you that I gradually started enjoying the little wins, and as we went along our journey I was able to trial-and-error my way through SO many resources (with the help of some amazing therapists) and a HEAP of reading, in-person workshops and product research.
One of the first things we added to Chloe's home environment was a crash bag. I designed it myself as I wanted something uniquely perfect for Chloe, and I couldn't find anything similar in my online search within Australia. I now ship them Australia-wide to families just like mine, and they all say what I already knew... a crash bag can be a LIFE CHANGER!!!
A crash bag is ideal for a movement zone in your home or covered outdoor area, and popular for schools, day care centres and therapy clinics. They provide a fun way for little super heroes to get their heavy work and deep pressure input needs met. They can be used for crashing into, rolling across, laying between two layers, or simply relaxing.
So if your little one is constantly on the move, like our Chloe, or they need to crash into you or your furniture a lot, or they're always flipping upside down... they may be needing MORE movement input than others in order to feel "just right" and need a safe place to do this.
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by Jenna Schade March 28, 2021
by Jenna Schade January 20, 2021 3 Comments
Tonight was it.
I decided it was the last fight I would have with our ASD, PDA, ADHD, SPD daughter Chloe about the two main topics of brushing teeth and having a bath or shower. She will be 9 in a few months. She is capable of these tasks but finds them much trickier to do, and much more physically uncomfortable than approximately 99% of her peers. Yes she is the 1% that somehow hasn't progressed or improved with her aversion to these tasks in the 8 years we have been going through the same routine and polite requests every single day. Let that sink in for a moment. I'm talking almost 3,000 times where I have said to her "it's time for your bath" and many more thousand times I have said "let's brush your teeth". Yet still, almost every day, our relationship gets to experience a disagreement about these basic tasks.
by Jenna Schade February 08, 2020
In our family, self-regulation has not come naturally. From an early age we noticed that our Chloe needed a lot more help from us to manage her thoughts and feelings… especially at bedtime.
I remember the first time I noticed how other children her age were starting to control their impulses, manage their attention and organise their behaviour whereas she would struggle.
Despite giving Chloe the same co-regulation opportunities as her older sister, despite the responsive and warm interactions we had, despite giving her just the right amount of support, despite my coaching and modelling efforts, she just never seemed ready to self sooth or to truly trust the adults in her life.