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hipotopia and 9 others have joined the group NTLS Asia 11/13/2019

Hi Minne, I’ll be back in Indonesia on the 20th of August. Will you be traveling to West Java?

nicolette.brata has a new avatar. 08/08/2019

One year I had a 3 years old girl in my class who loved to play with her classmates, however she had sensory integration challenges and couldn’t hold hands. I carefully picked this challenge as my goal (at cognitive level of the child) for the first quarter of the school year (= allowing time). I collected as many ideas as possible for games and activity songs to be played while standing in a circle and holding hands, but instead of hands I started with 2 big soft teddy bears (no stress sensory experience for her). The girl would hold a front paw in each of her hands and the class mates standing beside her would hold the other. I would make jokes about the bears wanting to join us (humor) and enjoy holding her hands as it made them feel safe (explain) and over the period of weeks, I gradually used smaller and smaller bears (taking time). Each Friday I explained that the bears would come home with me for a refreshing bath and return on Monday. After several weeks, when she was already used to the small bears, I ‘accidentally’ (stupid-me-humor) and had to apologize for leaving one bear at home. She thought that was very silly of me and without any hesitation held a classmate’s hand instead. Two Mondays later I asked her to help me search my bags, while apologizing and using humor in a story of how I had to run for the toilet that morning and must for forgotten to bring the small teddy small teddy bears back to school. I had purposefully put some silly items in my bag (e.g. the spoon I had used to eat my yoghurt that morning), which made her burst out with laughter. I then asked her which circle game she wanted to play without the bears ...
End of the story was that before the October break the whole class had had tons of fun (and learned a lot, e.g. counting, colors, the names of the students) with all the circle games and the girl was initiating holding hands, as well as shaking hands.

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What a fantastic experience, learning with and from Carola #fulfillingdreams

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How about
- deep pressure elements for shoulders and laps (e.g.  www.sensorydirect.com/deep-pressure/lap-shoulder-weights.html )
- a wheelbarrow 
- therapy (big bouncy) balls
- alternatives 
- a net swing or hammock 
- a (natural) sensory den/tree house
- fidget toys

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nicolette.brata has a new avatar. 06/19/2019