Sensory And Special Needs Toys
Do you have a child who uses sensory and special needs toys? If you do, then you know what a chore it is to find good sensory and special needs adaptive tools and toys. My son Henry is 11 and has Asperger’s Syndrome, who was diagnosed when he was 6. Like most parents with a child on the spectrum, you know how expensive it can be to buy toys that your child needs. We were lucky to have Occupational Therapy for 2 years before my husband was laid off and we lost our insurance. I am thankful for those years as I learned so much about what tools I needed to help Henry navigate through life a bit more easily. It is a bit overwhelming to try and build a collection of the right tools for a specific issue. What I would love others to know about life with a special needs child is how many facets of their “disorder” (I hate that word) may need adaptive tools. The list can get quite long between special tooth brushes, weighted blankets, tactile stations, etc. The list can be quite daunting.
Fun and Function is THE place to go for toys and tools for your special needs child. With a design team that consists of doctors, therapists, care givers and children, you know all the bases are covered. I especially love the team at Fun and Function is asking kids for their input as they more than anyone can tell you what works and what doesn’t. Aivia Weiss is a pediatric occupational therapist who has a keen sense of understanding the needs of children and families and how to make those affordable. There are so many tools that can help your child work through a particular issue and insurance usually does not cover them. The other crucial service Fun and Function offers is advice for parents, care givers and professionals when they are not sure what the best product may be for a particular issue. That is HUGE, especially for parents who have recently received a diagnosis and have no idea what the need.
Giving Your Child Space
Giving your child space is important. One of our biggest challenges with Henry is his aggressive outbursts. Henry has a disconnect between acting on an impulse and what the consequences for that action may be. You and I may get angry and we internally reason if we act on that anger, we may hurt someone or something and we stop you from doing that action. With Henry he isn’t able to take the time to reason and he acts out and if he hurts someone or breaks something he is horribly remorseful. It is heart breaking. You can see the frustration on his face because his body is doing something he doesn’t want to do. When I was offered the chance to review a product from Fun and Function, I knew I wanted something that would give Henry a place to go to when he needs to decompress himself. I found the perfect thing in The Homework Tent ($34.99). This primary colored tent is made of durable and water resistant material and is large enough to fit two children. You can tie the opening for easy access or you can untie it for privacy. The assembly is absolutely a breeze, so you don’t need to worry about putting a bunch of pieces together. Ironically the Homework Tent came on Henry’s birthday and it could not have come at a better time. Henry gets very agitated with large crowds and noise and a birthday party is a struggle for him. He wants to have his friends to celebrate but he knows it may not end well if he gets overstimulated. Low and behold, the house got too loud and the kids were running around and Henry stood in the corner and I could see the pain on his face. I walked him into the playroom and told him to take some time in his tent. He took his over-sized Mickey Mouse doll and his Mario sleeping bag and snuggled for about 10 minutes and then he was able to finish the party. I am so thankful to Fun and Function for their dedication to helping these awesome kids feel more comfortable in this crazy world!