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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am SO FREAKIN' FORTUNATE to live where I do. My state's EI will provide, at no cost to me and I GET TO KEEP IT ALL, just about anything my OT tells them that Mark needs. It will take about 8 weeks for the whole process, but by early January I should have:<br><br>
Mini trampoline with safety bar<br>
TWO SWINGS!!!! Pat, I'm SO EXCITED! A net swing and a lycra stretchy swing!<br>
Red time timers<br>
Weighted blanket<br>
Random chewies<br>
Possibly an incline mat, although I have no idea where we'd put it<br>
And more, I just don't remember it all!!!<br><br>
Oh.My.GOD!!!! I'm so excited I can't stand it and I have NOBODY to tell until Tom gets home from work tonight. They won't pay for easily commercially available stuff like crawl tunnels, sitnspins or heavy balls, so I'll get those on my own.<br><br>
She (our OT) also gave us an entire bolt of stretchy material so I can make some body sox and stretchy stuff for my oldest, and she also gave us a sensory seat cushion (it inflates and has a poky side and a smooth side) for TIM to use at at school, and he's not even one of her clients.<br><br>
I am in love with my OT.
 

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thats great!!!!!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/jumpers.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="jumpers">:
 

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Central Illinois, hiding out in the beanfield. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Awesome!
 

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I am excited with you! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/coolshine.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="sunshine"><br><br>
Tell me about an incline mat and heavy balls? How are they used?<br><br>
Think I'll go make the body sox for ds! Your excitement is contagious. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br><br>
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The incline mat is great for heavy work and general vesitibular/proprioceptive stuff. He likes to run up or even roll up (logroll style, VERY heavy work indeed) and roll or tumble or run down. He carries heavy balls/objects up and drops them off the edge or rolls them down. We incorporate it into other stuff - he builds towers at the bottom with large blocks, carries a heavy ball up and rolls it down to crash the tower, etc. He lays on it at the very top, head facing downward for great vestibular sensation. He's learning to jump off things, and the top edge is the right height for safe indoor jumping onto the carpet.<br><br>
You can get heavy balls anywhere you can buy general fitness stuff, I usually find them by the balance balls and dumbbells/free weights. Our OT has some that are smooth and others that have wierd textures. They are really cool. You can just sit and roll them back and forth even, like during a long time in a waiting room or something. Probably 1-3 lbs is the best weight, I think.<br><br>
We just finished a long session with the stretchy material. My older son wrapped it around his waist and tried to run away while I held the ends, great resistance exercise. Then Mark laid on it while I dragged him around the house, just like <a href="http://store.schoolspecialtyonline.net/OA_HTML/xxssi_ibeCCtdSearch.jsp?cg=&kw=crawl+tunnel&ds=0&dr=10&st=kw&cpg=0" target="_blank">THIS</a> crazy expensive thing from Abilitations (the fish tunnel at the bottom of the page, which is over $150!!). I haven't even sewn it up yet and it's already the most popular stuff in the house. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Thanks for the explanation. Some of those ideas are new to me. I appreciate your detail and experience.<br><br><br>
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Holy cow = that is so amazing!
 

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Ok, the stretchy/body sox material is AWESOME. We did 20 minutes of resistance stuff with it this morning, and it was FUN! Wrapped it around his waist/chest and held the ends, had him "run" to the other side of the room while I held on tightly. Had him get toys off the kitchen table while I pulled against him, so he had to work hard to get there. Then I wrapped it around his shoulders and chest and swung him around in the air, then he wore it like a cape for a while (it's heavy stuff, and this piece was big so it was like wearing a weighted blanket on his shoulders) and finally he laid on it and I dragged him around the room. It was actually FUN, and when his therapist arrived for his hour of play therapy she commented on how much calmer and more attentive he was (at least for the first 20 minutes or so). I want more of this stuff, in fun colors and patterns, b/c both my boys love great patterns. Yum!!!
 
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