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DIY Balance Board

To help Michael process his Proprioception and Vestibular systems better, we take him to OT twice a week but that isn’t enough.

At home we need to work with him often to help him learn to regulate himself. This is often daunting and exhausting for everyone involved but sometimes it is a lot of fun.

Case in point, yesterday we pimped out our balance board that Tim made a few weekends ago.

Did you know that Scotch duct tape now comes in fun colors and patterns?! So fun!

Forgive the horrible basement low light photos. 

This is what we did.

Materials needed (we had all the materials on hand except the tape so this project was only $7!)

Take your funnoodle and cut it to the width of the board and then cut it open length wise.

Wrap funnoodle around end of board. This will protect flooring, dampen sounds of the wood hitting floor and make for a softer and more forgiving “crash” on either side while child is trying to balance.

Then take your duct tape and start wrapping it around. When we first did this the funnoodle kept falling off and the board was a bit slippery. The duct tape keeps the noodle in place and feet from slipping. Twofer! The added style is a total bonus!

Then place your ripped in half PVC pipe on the ground, lay the board on top and let the fun begin!

We originally tried this without the PVC pipe ripped in half but Tim almost broke his neck testing it out. Way to difficult. So Tim ripped it and it makes it much more manageable and safe for the kiddos.

The kids worked on balancing for a bit until they realized that the board made a great catapult for their Angry Birds. Good times had by all.

 

Kindergarten here we come

Last night was Open House at Michael’s school.

We went and met his teacher (who I love). We hung out in his classroom (which he loves). We met the resource room teacher who is brand spankin’ new and is so eager to start her first year and change lives and be the best aid ever and put into practice everything she learned in school. Both Tim and I are excited to see such a young fresh face. I love that she is recently graduated so she learned about SPD in school, not just through pamphlets and required seminars. She used terms that I know and love to hear her say. Heavy work, sensory break, fidgets. She is so eager and “green” and as parents with our first kid going off to school, we are equally “green” and nervous eager. I like her. She will be a great asset to Michael this year.

It is a good school and Michael has a good team. It won’t all be sunshine and rainbows. There will be bad days too but I think it is the best school for him. He will be challenged academically and socially.

One week and he will be off to school. I can’t wait but I am terrified too. Full day kindergarten. Uffda. When did he get so big!