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So I was surfing the net recently and came across <a href="http://specialchildren.about.com/od/sensorystrategies/a/sensorybag.htm" target="_blank">this</a>about a sensory bag. I thought this is a great idea. So, does anyone have one? What do you keep in yours? I'm thinking........
 

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Things I carry with me at all times - crunchy and chewy foods, pacifier, brush, a few chewy toys, random toy cars (he loves to hold them during stressful times, they're smooth and safe).<br><br>
We have at my folks houses - extra brushes, exercise ball, crawl tunnels, playdoh, movies, etc.<br><br>
We just don't go places where I can't easily manage his sensory issues. And when we're at my mom or dad's places, we have his big sensory stuff there too. So I don't know, I don't really carry a bag of stuff around, b/c I have extras everywhere we go!
 

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I just add all ds's stuff to my bag,if we have to go somewhere we'll be waiting,or taking the bus or whatever.Easier than trying to carry my bag and a bag for him,plus my shopping.I usually pack his Thomas blankets,chewy tubes,sensory brush,small quiet toys,pen and paper,usually a book about how things work,and a sippy cup that is spill proof with a soft chewable spout,filled with water.Oh,and always the stroller(which he has outgrown <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> ).He likes to sit in his own world with the sun shade down,helps to keep out the sounds he doesn't like.Usually he wears his weighted vest.It helps him so much to have this stuff with us.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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ours is very similar, but made for a 2yr old of course, he has a noise maker toy, a familar teddybear/soft toy, a ball to bounce, teething toys/linkadoos, a toy car, one of those rubber wrist bands for different causes, a wipeable crayon & notebook of dora, his therapy P and a beanie baby gecko. he also has cloth's to wipe with, and his sippy cup, pediasure etc, and some of his "crunchy" foods incase he wants them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
depending on our trip, i will carry a familar book so he can sit quietly, we always carry his blankie in the car (its a rag tied fleece blanket and he likes to play with the little taggie parts), his monkey backpack/leash lives in the car so if he needs it, we have it. We also carry a tape of familiar kids music for him and he has his own favourite radio station we play (jazz)
 

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heh for us the best thing is the bag itself<br><br>
Jet's backpack loaded up heavy with bottles of water keeps his feet firmly planted on the ground <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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ooooh you bring up a great point shaggydaddy..... a bag, ds usually has a little bag of his own that he puts things in and dumps things out of.
 

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My son carries a backpack that he has to have <i>everywhere</i> he goes to keep his body weighed down (similar to a weighted vest). He has exercise bands, playdoh, a few of his favorite toys, and <a href="http://universeislaughing.blogspot.com/2008/01/little-monsters.html" target="_blank">my homemade bean bags</a>. I plan on adding more things to his bag. He needs it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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oh in addition to water DS's backpack has some or all of the following:<br>
1-2 Magnadoodles<br>
a gameboy<br>
an MP3/video player - yes he is 2.5, but it was clearence and it has peter pan and ben folds and Jet(the band ) and Billy Idol on it (songs from Flushed Away and Over the Hedge)<br>
a ball<br>
some cars<br>
A notebook with a pen<br>
Snacks<br><br>
Not necessarily a sensory kit, but definatly a "Rescue Pack"
 

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Oh my god I'd love to have some ben folds music on an mp3 player for myself! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Now if I could only get Mark to tolerate wearing the weighted items, we'd be all good. We still can't get a weighted vest on him, or even a heavy backpack. His OT told me "you should be proud. you have the absolute most sensory disordered child I've ever worked with". She's a pediatric OT, works only with kids under the age of 12 and has been in practice for over 10 years.<br><br>
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Now if I could only get Mark to tolerate wearing the weighted items, we'd be all good. We still can't get a weighted vest on him, or even a heavy backpack. His OT told me "you should be proud. you have the absolute most sensory disordered child I've ever worked with". She's a pediatric OT, works only with kids under the age of 12 and has been in practice for over 10 years.<br><br>
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ds wont wear a vest or backpack either, hes defensive about things being on him.
 

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ShaggyDaddy, what size water bottles do you put in Jet's backpack? I'm thinking I need to do that. I made some 2 liter bottles with colored water and Emma loves those, but I'm thinking they'd have to be smaller for her backpack.
 
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