With holiday season fast approaching and the hustle and bustle of shopping – here’s an idea to redirect your kiddos and yourself.
Stores can be overwhelming with colors and sounds and lights and smells. Children from trauma or sensory issues struggle during the holiday seasons. Here are a couple ideas to build single focus into the shopping experience that may help you get your errands completed without the meltdown or added items you discover after you have arrived at home.
While gathering research for understanding limbic-to-cortex-learning, I worked in a big box retail store where thousands of people, kids and their animals visited. I had raised run-up-the-escalator-children and just like the Waterford Crystal at Macy’s – I knew what could happen if the reptile cage was tipped over… Not exactly the same but just as difficult to handle.
One of the tricks I had pulled out of my hat for my kids on a very expressive day was… In this store we “WALK LIKE GRANDPA!” And they liked it!!
Now the grandpa walk is pretty easy – you simply put your hands behind you back and fold them together and keep them there. You look at everything with your eyes, you don’t touch anything and you don’t buy anything – that’s grandma’s job…
Try some “Kid Friendly” Sensory Walks this week and leave a comment about your experience.
Please do not mix walks in the beginning – enjoy them one at the time.
- Pay attention to your breathing as you walk.
- Where in your body do you feel your breath? (tummy, chest, back, nose, throat)
- What is your breath like?
- Does your breath change if you walk slow? Fast?
- Can you walk and become very calm and quiet?
- What did you learn?
- Pay attention to what you see.
- What colors do you see?
- What shapes do you see?
- What movement do you see?
- Did you see something new?
- Pay attention to what you hear.
- What sounds do you hear?
- Do you hear more sounds? Birds, train, cars are big sounds. Can you hear any little sound?
- Sit on a bench or in the grass and just listen. How many things can you hear?
- Did you hear something new?
I FEEL IT WALK
- Pay attention to your body
- Start at your toes – how are they feeling? Then move up the whole body to the head.
- Do you feel your muscles move?
- What does your clothing feel like on your skin?
- What does the sun or wind feel like?
- What did you learn about yourself?
- What did you learn about each other?
- Realize that your loved one may not be able to merge all these walks.
- Give you loved one the enjoyment of experiencing one sense at a time.
- You will be surprised at what you learn together
What do you notice that you haven’t noticed before?
Many thanks to Jim Strohecker, for his original idea about the sensory awareness walk listed above. In honor of the people I love I keep sharing what I learn. Blessings to families and persons living with prenatal exposures to toxins—together we can make a difference.
If your child has been caught shoplifting? Your child may have been turned over to the police, gone to court, offered a diversion program or perhaps the store where your child was caught referred them directly to an education program. In any case, he or she was caught shoplifting and the primary goal now is to help them learn from this experience and go on to a bright future. Check out this site for support and ideas to make a difference.
Here are some more creative walking ideas – get those little Red Shoes Rockin!
- National Wildlife Week Sensory Walk
- 15 Ways Animals Walk for Sensory Input
- Sensory Outdoor Walk
- Discover Walks
And here are some fun walking adventures for the whole family beside Pokeman Go
Have fun – get out together and walk! Oh and don’t forget the dog!