Wednesday, August 8, 2012

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Finding Balance With Asperger's: A New Classroom Sensory Kit

When it comes to classroom settings, many kids on the Autism Spectrum have difficulty staying “tuned in” to their teachers, which is why kits like the New Classroom Sensory Kit #1 from The Therapy Shoppe are great.  Designed by seasoned school therapists, this new kit has an amazing selection of tools that help ASD kids stay focused and attentive. This kit features a small “wiggle” disc, pencil grip, squishy squeeze ball, kneadable eraser, small deep pressure belt, chewy necklace with a red super chew, and a fidgeting foot band.

My son, Quinn, is homeschooled, so I know firsthand what his attention span is like. He always has done better when he has something mindless keeping everything but his brain occupied, so I knew that this kit would be perfect for him.

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The Classroom Sensory Kit has something for all his parts: a “wiggle seat” for his hips, chewy for his mouth, pressure belt for his waist, squishy ball and eraser for his hands, and the stretchy band for his feet. He doesn’t usually use them all at once, but he has and he loves that he has the choices available. All of these are great fidgets and help build proprioceptive input, which is something many kids on the spectrum need help with. Quinn’s occupational therapist says this kit is one of the best she’s ever seen all rolled into one.

Quinn’s concentration has improved tenfold with this set and I would highly recommend it for any child who has difficulty sitting still. Sometimes that little extra bit of sensory input helps more than you’d realize. As with all Therapy Shoppe’s products, they’re all made with high quality materials so they’ll last for a long time, even with regular use. You can purchase this and all Therapy Shoppe’s amazing things on their website, This set retails for $49.99.

Thank you to The Therapy Shoppe for providing a complimentary product sample for us to base this review upon.