The twins bedtime is always interesting at our place….I sort of look forward to it but I sort of don't…as I said, it's interesting!
Please keep in mind that although I am a parent and trained early childhood professional I am not an OT, not trained in sensory processing, diet or sleep disorders. I'm just sharing what seems to have worked for us.
1. Eating a Failsafe Diet
2. Add a Little Weight
3. Tuning into Texture
4. Massage and Compression
5. Let Them Chew
6. Everybody Jump and Swing
7. Routine and Transitioning
8. Build a Bed Cocoon
We've also recently added a mosquito net canopy so I can pull the net around the top half of the bed to enclose her a little. To cover the wooden slats at either end of the bed I just added a few cot blankets draped over the ends to ‘enclose' the bed even more. I have positioned the bed facing away from the door because I find if Ruby can look out the door she will do so for a very long time trying to see what's happening outside her room which usually leads to not being able to switch off.
9. Let's hear it for the Noise!
As briefly mentioned earlier I also have a pedestal fan blowing in the room as the white noise seems to soothe. If you haven't tried using music or white noise to block out family background noise then perhaps give it a try.
10. Build a Safe Cave
I felt awful seeing her sleep on the floor each night so I dragged inside the girls little play tent (like those ones you put the plastic balls and tunnels in), added a doona and lots of pillows and cushions and soft toys to make a dark, soft little cave and what do you know? She slept in there every night quite happily for months.
I worked on some strategies (see ‘bed cocoon' above) to make her single bed a more secure and happy place to sleep and now she loves her bed. I just had to let go of the expectation of her getting into a big girl bed straight away and transition her to the soft safe cave first.
My Pinterest board… Support for SPD and AutismJoy from Pinkoddy shares lots of great SPD articles written by a Mum for other Mums as she finds her way with her own children's diagnoses
Dayna Lemon Lime Adventures explains so clearly what SPD actually is in a blog post that is the start of wonderful series on all things SPD, I encourage you to have a little look around at all the other fab posts too. She is an early childhood educator and Mum of a little one with SPD so knows what she is writing about!
Dayna also has a helpful Pinterest board you can explore Sensory Processing Resources
The Inspired Treehouse is a blog written by 2 occupational therapists and there are so many helpful articles over there I cannot begin to list them all. I do suggest you start by reading the post about the 5 myths OT's would like you to know and then begin exploring more articles. They really are helpful and everything is explained so clearly. They have also written a post about sensory smart sleep tips from a professional OT angle (unlike just my Mummy/educator advice!) in this article
A Sensory Life explores the sleep challenges with sensory kids and also offers strategies in a wonderful article.
Suzy Homeschooler shares her thoughts on why sensory bins and play is so important and explores some factors which may have contributed to the rise in SPD type issues in recent generations. There are also some great links at the end of the article.
Little Bins for Little Hands shows us how easy and fun it is to set up sensory bin play in this fantastic collection of ideas on her blog.
As we are now entering Summer here I also wanted to share this Summer Survival Kit for Sensory Processing Disorder…some great ideas and things to think about in this article!