Shredded Paper!

Who knew something so simple could bring such joy!
I got a parcel in the post.. which obviously bought me joy, but then after taking out of it what I had ordered I had a great idea.. kind of!
We have been told to try and get our little man to do a lot of messy play/feeling different things.. anything sensory related to try and encourage him to eat better, which personally I thought was an odd suggestion until they told me that your hands and the feelings you accept on your hands is very similar to the way it feels when in your mouth! So we are hoping that if we encourage him to feel as much possible it will help with his eating! It isn’t as simple as it sounds.. as he refuses to touch anything that looks different generally! So when I opened my parcel I took out my things and noticed that the shredded paper felt a bit different, so I thought lets just see what the wee man makes of it!
He loved it! He was throwing it everywhere and by the end of it he was letting me put it on his legs without a fuss and passing it to me for me to do it again for him!
He was laughing, coming to me to engage in play, feeling something different, and trying to make eye contact! It was just fabulous. . and very simple to brush up after!
I really encourage you to use anything and everything for them to play with! Something that you think won’t be fun, or is just going to go in the bin, let your little one have a look at it! (if its safe for them obviously!) You never know what they will enjoy and learn from!

This shredded paper ended up in a fantastic learning experience for him with lots of fun too!img_2175WeeOhana xx

8 thoughts on “Shredded Paper!

  1. So glad to have found your blog. I love this celebration of trying different things at the pace of your child, offering him new sensory experiences that are fun, picking up on his cues about when he wants to engage and play. Oh these precious little minds need so much empathy and intuition. I’m so glad you’re offering these examples to inspire other parents to connect this way. My ‘little man’ is now almost 18. He may not learn what or the way everyone wants him to but even better he is happy, confident and able to express his feelings, persist with learning things that light him up, form gentle friendships, laugh, express observations and make requests. This gives me so much hope because he has belief that he can learn and he trusts his feelings. I’m sure that comes from a home where he was parented with curiousity, fun and appreciation of his strengths. ❤️

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    • I’m so glad you like my blog 🙂
      My new thinking in life since having him is why set your aims to what everyone else has there’s set at, when you have completely different ones that mean just as much to you and more!
      It’s hard coming to terms with it all but I’m taking it all in his stride and not mine or what he is expected to do at a certain age. For now he has started to make eye contact only for a brief second or two then looks away as if in pain.. but it means the world that he is really trying his best to connect with me too. It’s all about him letting me enter his world!
      I’m so glad your young man is doing so well! I’m sure it does come from a wonderful home and having a great mum! Just keep doing what your doing and he will keep growing 🙂

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      • I so love hearing that – entering his world. I want to say it took me until he was almost ten to realise that. So again, offering you encouragement for the wisdom I reckon you are showing. Once we realise they do want to engage … it’s just that the ‘usual’ ways of ‘engaging’ can be overwhelmingly painful for them, so much opportunity opens up for connection. Kids have so much to offer us …

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      • It’s very hard on us as parents, and I think the parents don’t get enough credit for all they do. It’s life changing. I still haven’t fully accepted it we are waiting an official diagnosis but we have to wait till he is older for that. We were told by the CDC clinic though that it is autism it just can’t be officially diagnosed till they are 2 1/2 which is infuriating.
        I was lucky in a way as I was a SEN classroom assistant so I understand it a little bit more than most at the start of the journey. Yes it’s very rough road ahead and as parents we have to stay strong.. we take each day as it comes, step by step!

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