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I have posted a thread or two on this site now. And if you've read any of my other things, you may or may not remember that I have a son with a vision impairment and severe motor delays.

Anyway, this is a happy report. We built him his own little room.

A little room for those of you who do not know is a sensory box of sorts. It is tailored to low-response and/or low vision children.

The premise of this is that there is a resonance board that you lay your child on(preferably without supports). This board creates an extra responsive environment for your child. So when he or she makes any movement or noise, the vibrations are relayed to the rest of the body. The board can be used by itself, but for my son he is easily overstimulated by surrounding scenes. In fact for him there is not 3-D. There is little to no definition between any objects he sees. Meaning, the floor, the couch, t.v., are all one object to him with no distinction at all. He does see high contrast, and light creating(with or without actual illumination) objects well because they are very distinctive. Also moving objects he can distinguish . But anyway, back to the little room.

It box of sorts(if you are interested and would like intructions on making one, let me know I can give you better specifics-buying once is like $700 and making the little room and resonance board had cost us like $100) It is more like and open window frame(both middles missing) and one end is open also. The sides are composed of pegboard so that you can attach sensory objects or panels of materials without them being permanent, allowing you to change them according to your childs likes/dislikes or growth needs. It lays on the r.b. and you place a piece of plexiglass with holes drilled in the top onto the open top. You hang several different objects with elastic(to allow optimal mov't)threaded through plastic aquarium tubing(for safety purposes). With my son being both low response(although he has increased from nothing to doing some things over his first year), we placed the objects very low. We used different textures and noismaking objects and played with the fact that he likes sparkly objects.

So here we go trial run yesterday, we had actually tried it a CVI conference I attended with him but it was a strange place and you are actually not supposed to interact with them at all during their playtime in the little room and he had like 25 parents, therapists, specialists, and teachers peering in to the top and not talking to him. He was mad) Again back on track... It was AWESOME. The expression of wonderment and excitement was AMAZING!!!! At first he just played with the bells near his hand, but it was his right hand and he rarely if ever uses that hand! Next he found a shimmery pom pom(yes he was supervised. while you are not supposed to interact with them HANDS OFF! you are never supposed to use it as a babysitter He did something amazing, he grabbed on and wouldn't let go(he never grabs anything on his own, he does have a strong grasp reflex however)!!! Of late he had begun to pull his left hand up to his mouth and chew, and he chewed on this pom pom(child safety experts are cringing right now). Again something he has never ever done! So all of this is fine and dandy, but he's not going to spend the rest of his life in this box(in fact 15-45 min 4x daily is the recommended timeframe). Well this morning my husband is feeding him Go-Gurt(yogurt in a tube) and he reaches up to his face and starts playing with the yogurt on his face and then the yogurt that he gets in his hand as a result. So that is my exciting super news. I will try and put out more on this as we go along. We have our group re-eval. for b-3 services tomorrow, I'm excited to show them what he's doing!

So again, if anyone has not heard about this "Little Room" and wants to know more, or even the specific skills it is supposed to enforce, just pm me k?
 

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Hi,

The Little Room sounds intriguing. I'm wondering if it could also be beneficial to my son who gets overwhelmed. When he's had too much stimulation, he likes to climb into his closet or in small areas and just work/play with something on his own.

I'd be interested in finding out exactly how to make one, etc.

Thanks!
Liz
 
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