Sensory Idea: Stability Cushion
Confession: I don’t actually personally enjoy this sensory idea. Most of what we’ve talked about this month, I also love. The trampoline and weighted blankets? Those are great. The squishy seats, not so much. BUT my kids need them and love them.
We carried these seats around with us for months when my big kid was in preschool.
It all started when we were in an OT session and my son fell out of his chair. How does a kid fall out of his chair when he’s already sitting in it? So the OT asked if this was a regular thing. Yes, it was. He wasn’t clumsy, just couldn’t hold himself up in a chair for very long.
I didn’t notice it was a problem because we were always on the move. It wasn’t until we started at the homeschool co-op at age four that I noticed he couldn’t sit up well.
So the OT suggested one of these wiggly cushions. I’m not an OT, just an educator who incorporates sensory work into our lives, so I can say he needed proprioceptive input, but I’m not going to tell you what that is or how to fix it. Google “proprioceptive input” and you’ll find a plethora of information on this particular issue. I loved that our OT knew that it wasn’t a strength issue, but a sensory one. I would have guessed depth perception or core strength, but truthfully, my son needed more sensory input.
We carried this cushion everywhere: to music therapy, to Awana, to our homeschool co-op. Now it stays home and he still uses it every time he sits down at the kitchen table.
And it worked. He sits still longer, and he really likes sitting down. This seat sure makes school time easier!