Category: Relax Tool

Yarn Art Mantra

Having a focus word or a “mantra” can help to inspire, elevate, and focus.  I have found many fun and creative ways to find your “word”.  I am excited to be able to share more word finding activities so make sure you SUBSCRIBE!

First up is this Yarn Art Mantra.  Of course, for this one, you already need a word!  I was inspired by the nice weather, finally!  Seeing the buds on the trees and getting to re-pot my seedlings led me to choose G R O W.  I also recently started a new job, so I feel like I have an opportunity to GROW as well.  The kiddos wanted to make slime, of course!, so I took advantage of the newspaper on the table and glue already out, and enjoyed one of my favorite crafts.

This one is very messy!  So best to get everything laid out before you get to work.  The materials you need are Elmer’s glue, yarn, parchment paper, plain paper and a marker.  First write out your bubble letters.  If this is hard, you could always type and print large letters.

Place parchment paper over your letters.

Next you will need to cut your yarn, about 6 – 8 inches a strand.  You will need roughly 8 – 12 strands of yarn per letter.

   

Now that you have everything set up, it is time to get MESSY!  I love getting messy, but this activity can be a tough one for kids with tactile sensitivities.  I have many ask to use gloves.  It’s always fun though to watch the kids that think they don’t want to get messy, and then end up getting really glue-y and into the project!

Pour out some glue onto a plate, dip each strand in, and squeeze some of the extra off.  Use a couple pieces to outline the letter ,then place onto the parchment however you like to fill the letter.  It’s important to make sure several pieces touch the outside border so that it will be strong and stay together when it is finished.

  

Leave to dry overnight.  Peel off the parchment paper, string, and display!!

I hope you have as much fun with your Yarn Art Mantra as I did!  Stay tuned for some other inspirational word activities!

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Tool of the Month: Sound Machine

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Raise your hand if you have a hard time falling asleep or staying asleep…

That is three of four hands in this household!  But we have found a magical tool —

THE SOUND MACHINE

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Whether it is having bad dreams or negative thoughts, difficulty settling the mind, or trouble getting relaxed; having a nice steady sound helps!

Our need for calming sensations begins back before we are born!  In the womb, it was dark, warm, compact, and we heard a consistent whooshing sound.  These beginning sensations can be labeled as the 5 S’s thanks to Dr. Harvey Karp, author of The Happiest Baby on the Block.   Put a baby in my arms and these 5 S’s come right back to me and I am swaddling, shushing, swinging, and offering a side-lying position or something to suck.  I would highly recommend these strategies to new or expecting parents.  It is also important to think about the kids that did not experience sensory soothing or co-regulation in infancy and early childhood with an attachment figure.  We may see these kids craving strong inputs in an attempt to soothe because they have yet to integrate these sensations.

At Bottom Up OT, I share a lot about the SOOTHE sensations which integrate the need for swaddling, side-lying, and sucking, and the MOVE sensations which integrate the need for swinging, but there is a lot to be said for the auditory sense in CALMING or RELAXING!

Why are sound machines so helpful in calming and relaxing?

  • They can provide that shushing sound that mimics womb sounds – especially choosing a steady sound like white noise
  • They allow you to quiet your mind.  *Another mindfulness practice*  Each time a thought pops into your head, push that thought away and focus on the current moment – and the sound you hear
  • They can help to drown out extraneous or irritating sounds

I am very partial to this sound machine —

I have it in my bedroom, C’s bedroom and purchased it for just about every group home and residential program where I have worked.  It is durable, offers a variety of sounds, and allows sleep!  This tool was one of the highest ranked tools in programs to be signed out for use at bedtime.  It can be switched to six different sounds – white noise and rain are the favorites.

G highly recommend this —

She has slept with this friend since the day she was born.  It plays classical music and the stomach lights up.  It turns on for about 5 minutes and shuts off on its own.  When she was little we knew she was still awake when we heard the seahorse go on again…  actually this is still true now!  When we go away without the seahorse and G has a hard time falling asleep, she asks us to play classical music for her.

So the next time you find it hard to settling your mind and body for sleep, try a little rhythmic repetitive noise and rest soundly!

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