This time of the year, Jake really struggles with being out of routine, unexpected guests, unmet expectations and the list goes on and on and on and on.....
To offset some of the chaos, we start serving up a double helping of our sensory diet every fall night... I don't know why it's called a 'diet' actually, these days it should be sensory gluttony!
Each night, our 'talk time' has increased, our 'prayer time' has increased, it takes longer to 'find our dreams' and now he's stretching out the Brushing-Joints-Lotion routine too. So what else could possibly help?
I search the corners of my brain, ask everyone and pray about it. How can we help this kiddo calm down.
Let there be light!
Not just any light, blue light.
We changed the bulbs in his ceiling fan to blue bulbs. Cost me about $6.00 and completely changed the feel of the room. We only had small bulbs in the light to begin with, but they would blast a bath of white light wall to wall. Yes, that's what lights are supposed to do, but for the Super Hero with Super Senses, stop and think.
Is it really a calming and restful place to go if it's blaring bright?
We were so excited to try it out. He was feeling anxious about something, can't remember which thing it was this time, but we laid on the bed, put on his sound machine to 'ocean' and I watched him physically melt into the bed. The tension went out of his shoulders and mine too for that matter!
He grabbed a blanket, cuddled up and stared at the light. His eyes fell shut for a spell and his breathing slowed.
What a find! So simple and so worth it.
We can all learn something from these blessed super heroes, I've changed the bulbs in my room too!
Be the air conditioner not the furnace... keepin' it cool!