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Fee, I'm incredibly impressed you noticed/remembered that!
Yep, my spectrum kiddo is a lines guy. He does exactly what you describe in fact. To be honest, I've not found a good re-direct for him. Though if I can give him a table at eye height he might then circle that instead. But I don't think a picture would work with my kid at least. It seems like it has something to do with the visual of moving along the line/edge. Sometimes he'll instead watch something as he moves it along an edge--so something straightish like a block moving along a line or edge at his eye level. Chairs work good for straight edges at eye level that are sort of contained. Maybe you could try that and see. But it seems like the stimulation he gets from moving himself along is different than when he's moving something. Though I've never tried to re-direct him from one to the other. They just seem different.
My child does this a lot more when he's tired, feeling sick, or stressed. So I figure he needs it. Can you just walk with him or in front of him when it is unsafe to make sure he doesn't run over people or walk into walls or other things (all stuff my kid has done many times) or does he want to be alone to do it? I guess we're sort of lucky in that our neighbors have a fence and we have a long, clear hallway in our house. So he's got lots of safe places to do his thing.
I wish I had a great suggestion. We just sort of work around it. It seems like maybe the school could adapt a little too. Just because I suspect our kids need this at times. But at least I can tell you that no, you aren't the only one to see this!
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When we are going to be going down town or somewhere that I would be concerned about safety we make sure we offer him some type of movement activity for some visual feedback before we go. So if we are going to my MIL who has a beautiful HARD wood table that he cant resist...we will stop at the park on the way there and give him a few pushes in the tire swing. At home we redirect to the mini-trampoline; he still gets some visual feedback and the jumping is organizing for him.
Kind of a long your sisters idea, we have small strips of corrugated cardboard (raised ridges) or some reflective coloured paper the has vertical striping that he keeps in his back pack for times that he cant move around, like in a restaurant. He usually puts them on a table, and stares/slightly wiggles his head. Safe and not particularly disruptive to others.
On the days where nothing but a good edge will do, we have a pair of sunglasses that we put on him, with super thin little strips of scotch tape (at about the angle he would normally tilt his head). The tape is hardly noticeable to others, but it gives him something to focus on. Works like a charm. He can usually still interact with us while still meeting his visual need.
Best of luck mama
I've had absolutely no luck trying to limit Mark's visual stimming other than totally redirecting by leaving the house or breaking out a major attention grabber, like food, or taking a bath.
i like the idea of suggesting that he look up sometimes and then down. i know it can get dirty but could he be satisfied running his hand along the edges and not looking or feeling the edge of an object and visualizing it. i do that sometimes and it helps.
i keep hoping my son talks more soon. he trips all the time and i've yet to figure out the pattern of things he likes to look at. i think it's between lights an spinny things.
I know this is a shot in the dark, but does anyone here have an update on how this stimming behavior has changed/improved/remained over the years? My 2.4 year old does the same thing, has been doing this since when he was 19 mos old. We've had him evaluated and they've diagnosed him with a regulatory disorder (did not meet criteria for ASD). We are awaiting an OT evaluation but I would love to hear about things I could possibly do to help him.
My 21 months old son does the same. He would look at the wall and pacing for long time. Like he's imagination something.
I know this post is about few years ago. Would like to know if your son still doing it. I wonder if my son would keep doing it and at school in the future.
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