There is a delightful new book from a local grandfather. It is a 20 page illustrated book about a clever little boy named Ridley who lives at the zoo and gets away from his keepers one fun filled day. He makes mischief all over the zoo until the keepers come up with a perfect plan to get him back. The book began as a verse on a visit to the zoo with his grandson, the verse became a song, the song became the story. Sheet music for the song is included. The main character is a four year old, but the story is easily approachable to a wide age range. The rhyme and the song are unforgettable. Available from www.pileatedpress.com for $8.95 + S/H.
A little known treasure that would make a wonderful family gift is the MeMoves program from www.thinkingmoves.com. This wonderful DVD engages everyone, children and adults alike, and takes them to a calm, alert state within minutes. It’s makes a terrific daily activity for state regulation and interhemispheric communication.
Other options that take advantage of fine musical production include a series of classical music CDs: Mozart for Modulation, Baroque for Modulation and More Mozart for Modulation. (Remember, these titles refer to the music’s modulating effect on the nervous system, not the modulation in musical terms.) These CDs help to organize behavior for better attention, respiration, and learning. These productions have been around for a long time and are favorites among therapists. Also available from Pileated Press, LLC.
For a CD that moves from high energy instrumental rhythms to lullabies with familiar tunes, try out The Musical Playground.
For completely different music, try the CDs by Gen Jereb, the popular Australian singer of children’s music. Her music offers many moods and invites children to join in rhythms for breathing, sleeping, moving and just plain singing. There are several options available at www.sensorytools.net.
Sensamart Sensachews would make great stocking stuffers for those children who love to bite on something. They come in many sizes, shapes and include options for wearing.
Also available from Sensamart are unique weighted blankets that are filled with gel packs for even weight distribution and can be heated or cooled. These blankets are very popular with children (and adults) who sleep better under weight.
If a family wants to invest in some gross motor equipment, I recommend the RAIR inflatables, durable enough and appealing enough for multiple children to play on. The Baby Boundex is a unique unit that provides babies and young children with delightful and intense sensory motor experience. Perfect for developing core strength and typical mobility with stability. Available from www.sensamart.com.
What are some great products you recommend for families or the clinic?
*Some products suggested are made or developed by speakers at the Richter AIR Symposium and they do receive royalties or licensing fee