Travelling and being off schedule always brings out the most stress and anxiety in many Super Heroes. Calming Jake when there's no expected schedule, no planned meals and no set 'iPad time' is next to impossible. (no exaggeration)
None of the old standby's work. Squishy toys, chewy sticks, nor fidget slimey goo will do the trick. Time to pull out the heavy hitters for serious sensory relief.
When Jake's upset nothing works better than "brushing, joints and lotion". Southpaw Industries has great items.
If you've never tried it, please consult a trained OT before you do. It can cause over stimulation if done in the wrong way, thus defeating the purpose. For Jake's relief, he likes order.
Brush 15 times on one arm, (elbow to wrist) then joint compression 15 times, then liberal lotion. Switch to the other arm, 15 brush, 15 compression, then lotion. He also loves the extra hand massage at the end.
If he's really off, I'll do his legs and back too. Avoid the head, too stimulating and sensitive.
Important note: I typically don't have to do this when he's in the routine of his school year. Only when things are "off" and "unpredictable" in his world.
I have brushes from years ago -- our brushing regimen was first started when he was 3 years old and luckily I bought in bulk. We pull them out every summer, holiday and vacation.
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