Alongside Harri’s Autism, he also has sensory processing disorder which is a condition in which the brain has trouble receiving and responding to information that comes in through the senses.
There are so many toys on the market designed specifically for sensory issues. Some very expensive and some not. You can find a wide range of small sensory toys on eBay and several disability websites online. Fiddle toys, flashing lights/light up toys seem to be among the favourites.
We have a small range of different lights to create effects on the ceiling of Harris room when dark. Not only does it soothe him but they also help to reduce his meltdowns/stress levels to a minimum.
The largest bit of sensory equipment we have is the Space Kraft space station. Complete with colour changing bubble tube and fibre optic strands, and a small light box with 4 shapes and 3 rattle tubes as well as some colourful plastic fiddle tubes. It is a pricey but of equiptment, in fact it nearly made my eyes bleed when I ordered the catalog. But fortunately enough for us, when Harri got given his diagnoses we were given some information about the caudwell children fund.
You have to fill in some basic information online (will include the link below and what section to apply for) and then they will send a further form out to you in the post. How much they may fund you depends on your expenditure and income. They either fund 100% of the sensory package or 80% and you fund the further 20% of the package.
There are a few packages you can apply for and you will be sent this information along with your forms, please read and choose carefully. You can also ring them and tailor the package. So the package we applied for included the following:
Space station, projector, sensory den and weighted blanket.
However, we rang them and asked them only for the space station and projector which they were happy enough to do. Which brought the price down. We paid the 20% of the package we wanted. However, I do not recommend getting the projector. It’s not very good compared to most on the market which are actually cheaper it’s really quite poor.
The sensory station however is absolutely AMAZING. My kids are facinated by it, and any of my friends children that have been over have enjoyed it too. It keeps them calm and helps them focus. It’s a great addition to any sensory room. We tried to make the Sensory area a special and peaceful place that has a range of equipment to help stimulate and enhance both learning and relaxation for the kids.
Not only has it helped with interaction between Harrison and Penelope but it has also benefited all the other children who have been to play, especially the younger children who learn through play as they can explore and develop their skills and senses.
I hope this blog has been useful. Please leave any comments down below if you need anymore information about this equiptment or the funding aspect and I will try to help as much as I can. If you are not already, please follow me on Instagram : babbajazzlebeautyblog
Apply under section: http://www.caudwellchildren.com/how-we-help/apply-for-support# for the equiptment. Please be aware that they will ask you for information regarding your child’s disability.
You can also request a catalog from space krafts website if you want to cover the cost yourself. But they are pricey.
Another website that we use regularly alongside eBay is :