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aliasgracie
« on: January 11, 2006 02:34:06 PM »

My niece is 4 and it was her first day of preschool today.  I want to make her something but she already has a bookbag and that's the only thing i can thing of. Any help?  She likes Batman and  My Little Pony.She has two younger siblings, her sister gets a lot of attention from us lately because she was just diagnosed with high functioning Autism which is a handful.  I want Eve's big day to be special.  Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2006 02:43:47 PM »

What about a lunch bag, or a little case for her pencils/markers/crayons?  I guess kids don't even eat lunch in preschool, but I do seem to remember snack time.  If it doesn't have to be a lasting object you could make her a cake or special cupcakes with her name on them.

I used to have a kid's pajama top that looked like Robin's outfit from the cartoon.  And I LOVED it.  It even had a little cape that velcroed onto the shoulders.  Maybe she would like a special superhero outfit to help beat her first day at school?
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« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2006 03:48:13 PM »

Maybe I was the odd one out, but I hated going to pre-school (actually, I went to Headstart, which was like preschool) because I hated being away from my mom.   Embarrassed So my mom always put a special picture (it's the picture of the guardian angel watching over the little kids that are going over the condemned old bridge) in my backpack.  Maybe something to keep in her backpack for if/when she misses her mom? 
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« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2006 11:13:41 PM »

a special blanket for naptime Cheesy Like something just her size that's in her favourite colour and quilty or something *shrug* it would be cute Smiley (and better than my first idea of crash helmet.. I was a clumbsy child XD)
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« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2006 07:19:32 AM »

Love the idea of making preschool special for your neice! Go you!

Perhaps a sweatshirt or sweater for her to keep in her cubby at school. It could be stenciled or painted or have her name on it. ( that would also help her teachers learn her name!!)
Decorated pencils.
A decorated t-shirt-stencil, puff paint, embroider..ect.
A favorite book to share at school.
A craft project that you two made together that she could share at show and tell. Let me tell you...show and tell is alive and well!

Good luck!
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PurpleHeather
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2006 07:22:52 AM »

Aaw - the only thing I can think of is a PE kit bag - a nice drawstring bag, with her name on.  Maybe you could make some pretty labels for her kit too.
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aliasgracie
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2006 08:20:44 AM »

Those are all great ideas, thank you!!  I talked to her on the phone and she was so excited.  They are learning about dinosaurs and I was thinking about the show and tell bit.  So I decided that for every theme she has I'll make her or we will make together something to do with that theme.  Then she can take it to school.  For dinosaurs I was thinking dinosaur shrinky dinks keychains for her backpack.  It's a start.  Thanks again for the great ideas, maybe we can make a themed polar fleece blanket together for the next one!!
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« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2006 08:51:32 AM »

Oh, I love the idea of making a mat for naps...  That's good.  I think they were all great ideas. 
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OurJuliet
« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2006 08:10:06 PM »

I know this topic is old, but I found it after searching for "autism"...and I'm hoping you may have put it on notify. 

The absolute best gift for an autistic child is a weighted blanket filled with Poly Pellets.  They are incredibly soothing to children with sensory issues and will really help with nap times and bed time!
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aliasgracie
« Reply #9 on: July 05, 2006 07:55:24 PM »

OurJulliet,
I think that I will do that.  My niece has sensory issues to touch (she likes to be squeezed or sandwiched) and sound.  Thanks for the idea! Her birthday is coming up!
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my4kidz
« Reply #10 on: July 06, 2006 05:52:05 AM »

my son has sensory issues this  is a great idea where do you get polly pellets
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OurJuliet
« Reply #11 on: July 06, 2006 02:13:42 PM »

The cheapest source I've found has been eBay.   Definitely get poly pellets...many people are using bird seed and other materials that decay--or sand, which eventually makes its way through the fabric.  Poly pellets are round and machine washable...and very safe!

Before you attempt to make a weighted blanket, I strongly suggest you research types of blankets, weights, etc. before you begin.  Here is a great resource with lots of information:

http://cgi.ebay.com/FREE-Weighted-Blanket-Buying-Guide-Autism-Insomnia-ADHD_W0QQitemZ9518180174QQihZ007QQcategoryZ1279QQssPageNameZWD1VQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
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« Reply #12 on: July 06, 2006 02:51:30 PM »

oh thank you so much for the info!!! My son has not slept more then 2 hours per night for about 5 months! this may be the answer we have been looking for!!  Now if I only could find a way for him to not think is bedroom walls were closing in on him Undecided
thanks agaain
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OurJuliet
« Reply #13 on: July 06, 2006 04:30:41 PM »

You're very welcome.  My nephew is autistic and has done really well with his weighted blanket.  They also make weighted vests that some of his more severely autistic classmates wear to school (it's like a hug all day long).

We've also read that Mom should "condition" the blanket by sleeping with it between your nightshirt and your chest for a couple of days.  This is the same method used with preemies in the hospital.  The blanket then takes on just enough of Mom's scent to be even more comforting.  Since sensory-challenged kiddos are SO super-sensitive to smell, it can make a big difference with them and how they sleep. 

Just curious...are the walls "busy"?  We stripped the walls of my nephew's room after his doctor told us that any stimulus whatsoever can be really distracting.  He told us to find a very subdued color...keep it solid...and hang little or nothing on the walls.  It's kind of boring, but it may help kiddos who are easily stimulated.

Best wishes...
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