Like many parents of children on the autism spectrum, we experimented with a variety of different tools to assist our son with things such as sensory overload, routine, and transitions.
Some things worked out well for us; some things not so much. Some things started out good and then the Navigator outgrew his need of it.
Here is a review of some of the tools we have used and how they turned out.
First the good:
Weighted blanket – We love our son’s weighted blanket, and it has been hands-down the best tool we got for him. We have had it for years and it continues to be a valuable and almost beloved tool.
Trampoline – A portable trampoline turned out to be a terrific tool. We traveled with it as well as used it at home. He was great at self-regulating his over-stimulation and feeling overwhelmed by getting on the trampoline on his own when he needed to.
Lock Laces – We used the lock laces with the Navigator’s shoes for a long time and he and we really liked them. They made it easy for him to get his shoes on and off, and they generally lasted longer than the shoes.
AutCraft – I have a great love of AutCraft. From how the server is overseen to provide a safe environment to how moderators deal with children who make mistakes, to giving us a way of connecting with our son through his interests, AutCraft has met and exceeded my expectations over and over.
There was the time we put a computer in his bedroom. Um. Yeah. That was a mistake. It was like putting an unlimited supply of candy in his room and telling him not to eat it. Things got better when he built a new computer with his dad and they set it up in another room.
Then there was the time I made a ridiculously detailed checklist with which he could earn screen time. Complete disaster. Checklists since then have been pretty basic.
Compression vest – We got this to help him with anxiety in the classroom, the idea being it would be like a wearable weighted blanket for him at those times he needed a little extra support.
It turned out to not work so well for him because the neoprene it was made from was too hot for him and he would grow uncomfortable in it.
I considered making one from a different fabric, but he told me it was something he was not interested in having (unlike his weighted blanket, which he loves).
Time Tracker timer – We got this timer to help us regulate his screen time, thinking that the light and sound prompts might help with transitions.
It really didn’t work for us because the settings were not easy for us to change. Moreover, it didn’t help the Navigator. When on the screen, he was so focused that he did not hear the auditory prompts, and did not see the flashing lights letting him know his time was running out.
We ended up donating this timer to his school, and the teachers loved it, so it was really a matter of it not being a good fit for us and it might be a great fit for someone else.
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