We are always on the look out for new and exciting places to take the kids and especially ones that Dylan will enjoy and be able to roam around with as little danger present as possible. When we heard about a new soft play opening and accessible park with sensory garden we could not wait to try it out!
I took him one day after school while we were waiting to pick up Amellia and thought we would be able to fit in some time at the soft play and the park. We headed into the “big house” as Dylan decided it was and went through to the soft play.
I’d heard a lot about the soft play so maybe my expectations were just set to high, but as soon as we went through the doors to the soft play Dylan did not want to be in it. His problem was that one side of the room was a big window and out of this window you could see the park. He just kept running to the window and the door which was alarmed and looked very easy to set off so I didn’t want to risk that. He was getting wound up pretty quickly that he couldn’t get out and a meltdown was just a few minutes away, so I decided scrap the soft play lets just head to the park.
Now the park I hadn’t heard much about, but oh my goodness, it was absolutely amazing. It had a great climbing frame which was wide enough for wheelchairs to go up and had a rocking boat that they could go into and you rock, some big long slides that Dylan absolutely loved because he is a huge thrill seeker! A bouncy floor, swings, wheelchair swing, hopscotch, drums, giant xylophone, giant spiders web and I’m sure some other bits that have slipped my mind.
Dylan really loved the sensory garden which had all the musical things in and really enjoyed playing them and having a little dance while I played them.
We really enjoyed the park and will be making a regular trip here, I loved how brightly coloured it was because it made it all so eye catching to Dylan and I really loved how inclusive this park was for everyone. I’ve never seen a park like this before!
If you live in the area or further afield and are looking for an inclusive park I highly recommended giving this park a visit!
Recently Dylan started music therapy and it is amazing, before he had his first one I wasn’t really sure what to expect as I hadn’t really heard much about it. I am always keen to try new things, especially when I really think he will enjoy it. Dylan has always loved music, if a fast song is on he will go crazy and shake himself really fast and if it’s a slow song he will move slowly, it’s really funny and adorable to watch!
He has now had 3 weeks of music therapy and has really enjoyed it, I am learning a lot of new things to do with him to help encourage his speech and interaction which is obviously amazing and not something I really expected to come from music therapy.
She brings along a whole bag full of instruments, and starts by playing a hello song on her guitar, then she asks if he would like to play a certain instrument and generally he jumps about really excitedly. Then when he is playing the instrument she then sings another song to try to get him to play when she stops and she will also then go at his speed, for example if he is to play fast, she will play fast on the guitar and so forth.
Then after doing that for a while she then gets Dylan to choose another instrument and she will play a beat and encourage Dylan to copy this beat and then copy the beat he does. It is all about give and take, if he copies you then you copy him.
Other things that she also does is sing songs that he knows and stopping at random unexpected words to try to encourage him to join in and say the missing word, sing consonant sounds together to try and get him to copy and again then copying what he says as well.
While playing these instruments Dylan is also feeling a lot of different textures, Dylan really struggles with many sensory things in his day-to-day life; for example he cannot wear jeans, certain t-shirts and is extremely fussy with his foods. She is also going to add more textures and things into the music therapy like cooked pasta for example to encourage him to touch it when he is having lots of fun and then hopefully after a few times he will touch it in other situations too
It is a costly therapy but it is one he is really getting a lot out of so we will obviously continue with it, I cannot wait to see what other ideas she gives me to use outside of music therapy and to watch Dylan progress week after week.
I started my week by taking Dylan to the farm that is just a five-minute drive up the road from me! Ok, I know this photo doesn’t show him with the animals.. but; look how happy he was on the giant slide!
Later on in the week we went to Mount Stewart again to visit the ducks and see how big the lovely cygnets had got! This time we took some seed so they were very happy to see us and Dylan spent a long time watching them eat! The cygnets seem to be a lot bigger now!
On Friday I was feeling pretty lonely, and had a lot running through my mind so I decided to get out my guitar and give it some much-needed love!
How has you week been? =]
Yes ok, I’m late to the party. Recently I have fallen in love with Spotify.
My whole life I have been a huge music fan, music is my escape and always has been.
I can listen to the majority of music and enjoy it and appreciate the work that has gone into making the track and the lyrics!
I have spent ages trawling through Spotify and rekindling my love for all the music I used to listen to years ago, finding out that they have new albums and have changed their style a bit. My phone though is not enjoying the new love for Spotify and downloading all the music to listen to it when I’m out and about! It’s constantly shouting at me to delete stuff as it has no space.. that’s the bad thing about Iphones.. no micro sd card slot. New iPhone will be one with a bigger memory! Can’t wait till December so that I can get my new phone, come on contract hurry up and finish already!
Headphones in or up loud in my car music always helps me. If I am happy I can listen to happy music and be all happy and sing along with it, if I’m angry I can scream along, if I’m sad, I can sing and cry along and there is a song for every single emotion! It can also totally decide my mood, if I’m feeling a bit indecisive and I put a happy song on then it generally perks me up a bit for the rest of the day.. unless it’s too happy then it just really annoys me!
One of the features that I really love is that it makes daily mixes for you from a selection of music that you have added to your favourites and puts like music together, its great when you’re not entirely sure what you want to listen to but know the genre! It also does a discover weekly which has new music in it for you that is based on the things you like too! It’s such a clever little thing!
Sorry, just a short ramble about my love for music and Spotify today! Hubby is playing the PS4 so what better way for me to spend it, listening to music on Spotify and blogging about it to keep my mind busy!
Dylan has his next CDC clinic next week where they are going to start his education plan and refer him on etc, so my mind is on overdrive these past few weeks!
Back to music though, If you don’t have Spotify I recommended trying it out! I wouldn’t be without it now!
You would swear I was bribed to write this.. I wasn’t. I just really love Spotify!