Both Aidan and Lilly need a lot of stimulation every day, Lilly needs to be wound up to get going and break out of her shell, Aidan needs to get regulated and spend some of his energy. In order to try to stop the wall crashing, stairs jumping, and furniture climbing we’ve invested in some great toys and have made a portion of the basement into a mini sensory gym for them.
These are my Favorites….
The Ikorre Swing by Ikea is AMAZING! Its similar to the big and very expensive autism swings, but its affordable for the average family. My kids love the cacooness of this swing, it surrounds them so they feel safe and they get tons of sensory input. It can swing front to back, side to side, or be spun.
The Jumpsmart Personal Trampoline is another great investment. my kids love to jump on this and then do some crashing onto a mattress we have down there. This trampoline has music and games that can be turned on and off depending on the child’s mood.
The twins also have these adorable tents in the corners filled with pillows, teddy bears, and books. I started to see that they needed a space that they could retreat to that was just theirs to prevent melt downs when they got overwhelmed and I didn’t want to have their bed associated with always being overwhelmed. These castles that Lilly’s godmother got them for their second birthday did the trick perfectly. They love having there own little escape place.
We also have regular fun toys down in the basement, some vibrating animals, a crawl tunnel, therapy ball, punching bag, and light weights. This part of the house used more than any other including the kitchen, I don’t know what we would do without it especially in the winter months when the kids are going insane from being cooped up.