Loving the tummy Band

Venna - posted on 07/06/2011 ( 9 moms have responded )

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About a month ago my OT suggested that I put this band around my son's waist well when we first tried it he was not digging on it at all he would actually fall over. Well apparently the past few days we have been using it again and well this morning he was crying and crying and then I put it on him to see if it helped and now he is not crying. It is amazing I love that something can help him like that and I can take it with me everywhere I go so that way if he needs it then I can just throw it on him. Has anyone had similar experiences with it???? please do share or other activities that help to calm down your little one. We do trampoline and crash pad and then he has a little gym inside.

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Venna - posted on 07/10/2011

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That is awesome I will file away the beans for later for sure but will try everything else, now the tummy band is just one of those elastic bands that you work out with. They have actual ones that cost like 500 bucks but the elastic stretch bands do the same thing, my little man loves it even more actually and you just make sure that you stretch it over the mid section and pull it snug mine goes around him a couple of times and because it is sort of rubber it stays in place well . I got mine for free through a work out video but I am sure you can get them at wal-mart if not you can totally get one at big 5 or your nearest sporting goods store. Now if your a stickler about using the real thing which some people are you can probably find the on any Autistic websites as well.

Ashley - posted on 07/09/2011

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Can you post a link to the tummy band? I can't find it. Our best thing if he is in a terrible mood is either water (I fill up the sink with water and let him "wash" dishes, but if it's younger, just throw them in a bath, or I let him play with the hose. He has loved that since age 9 months). The other thing that works well but is a choking hazard for little ones (so file it for later) is this: We took a big rectangle plastic bucket like you get at the hospital for puking in. Filled it with kidney beans (dry of course) and rice. I put about a dozen little plastic dinosaurs in it (not too small or they are hard to find) and he digs through it for them. He will just let the beans run over his hands for hours and a few times he has poured some on the hardwood floor and layed on his belly on them and "swam" around on them. It is terrific. Also playdough (there are some edible ones you can make out there) and other squishy things are good.

Ashley - posted on 07/09/2011

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I make an "alex sandwich" by putting him on the couch and squishing him with big couch pillows - it really helps him. He asks for it now.

Venna - posted on 07/07/2011

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Well our ot gave us one it is basically like wetsuit materially but he didn't like that one so I use my stretch band that I got with a yoga video one time and he likes that a lot better. It just helps him to calm down sometimes. I love the wrapping I do something similar with the wrapping it is called the hotdog roll where we wrap him up in a yoga mat and then I press on him we just started that because we were doing the whole wrapping up more like swaddleing in a blanket. I have also started bouncing on a ball with him and he likes that also. So many things I love my book the out of sync child has fun it is awesome. It took him a while though to get to using the tummy band though.

Amber - posted on 07/07/2011

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Oh, and we do burrito time, in which i wrap her up tight in a blanket, and massage her legs. it helps with the dizzies, or helps her to calm down.

Amber - posted on 07/07/2011

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I also use a yoga sand bag on her lap for a weight when we are doing school work or sit down activities. It helps her to sit still, because she can feel the weight on her lap. I have also seen bumpy chair pads, with little plastic bumps or flexible pointy things, some kids really like that, and it can be used at school.What is the tummy band, and where can I get one to try? I think I will ask our ot about it.

Venna - posted on 07/07/2011

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Yeah we also have a small trampoline that hopefully will get to be out in the living room but for now we have to just move it in and out of the living room because Zachery can't figure out how to get off and on it just yet. He can get on it but then he can't get off of it so yeah it is interesting.

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