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My daughter has been in speech therapy since she was 19 months old. I tend to keep this type of thing off any of my blog related pages. Not out of shame, but because honestly I'm the last person who should be giving advice or really any info about this type of thing. I would fear a newbie coming across my page and taking what I say as gospel and OMG!! Worst nightmare right there. I will just save these topics for all you mamas that actually do know the right advice to give & have the correct answers since I would be lying if I were to say my answers don't come straight from Dr.Google ;-) I will stick to rambling about my food, fashion & makeup.
If you know me in real, non-interwebs life, you know I have very mixed feeling about the NYS Early Intervention Program. Here in NY kids get services in the home. Which don't get me wrong, I totally get some kiddos have behavior issues that would interfere with services outside of the home, but in this case having speech in our home just doesn't work that well for my daughter. It's her home and being a toddler, she has a princess, I rule this house complex, so when it comes time to sit. Hahahaha.... Some days that's just not going to happen and she will walk away and grab whatever toy it is she wants. She's an only child, yes she's spoiled, yes I know that's partially my fault, but you know what? Take her out of the home and she sits & listens. It's not her home & she knows she's no longer the boss. Kinda proving that maybe speech would be 100 times better in an office where my daughter has to listen to someone else & be out of her comfort zone so she listens. Unfortunately that's never going to happen, so we do the best with this whole therapy in the home thing.
Afew weeks ago I saw this Wiggle Seat up for review on Tomoson. It was also a free, just for product review, which I don't usually do, but I don't know.... When I saw this, the whole concept just kind of amazed me so I didn't even hesitate to click that apply button. It was the first time seeing such a thing and if it really does what it says... Omg totally worth the blog shoutout.
What is a wiggle seat? Let me copy & paste what the company says since they know how to word things better than me.
Wiggle seats have become popular with teachers and parents alike for their ability to calm the hyperactive child. Many parents have found wiggle seats to be a life saver during dinner and homework time. While teachers love them for the calming effect they can have on children, many even report improved behavior for ADHD and autistic children.
Besides the positive effects on behavior these discs have all the same benefits of sitting on a balance ball, activating the stomach muscles while sitting leading to better posture and less back strain from prolonged sitting.
If this sounds like what you are looking for, the Wiggle Seat by Sensory Solutions is a cost effective answer to your needs. It is easy to change the inflation level with any ball or tire pump, personalizing it to the needs of your child. One side has small bumps while the other side has longer raised nubs allowing you the flexibility to choose for your child's tactile needs.
- Adjustable inflation level with included pump
- 13" x 13" x 3" size perfect for a small child's seat, while being big enough to grow with your child
- Activates intrinsic trunk muscles to encourage active sitting and support the spine
- Helps keep your child calm and focused during school or meal time
Hehehe... Pardon the pajamas, non-staged pics, this is as real as you can get for such a review.
When the mailman delivered the package early one morning, I instantly opened it up and gave it to my daughter. And this is what she did with it... Literally laid on the thing all morning like it was some strange, spikey yoga ball. At one point she was even using it as a pillow, but by the time I grabbed my phone to snap a pic, she had changed positions lol....I instantly thought to myself OMG! Of course the one time I take a freebie review, it's going to be a total bust! But boy was I wrong!
Her speech teacher came later that afternoon and when she walked in was like omg!!! You got Haylie a seat?!?! She was pretty excited. And then told me how great they are for kiddos. At that point I did get kind of frustrated because if it really is some sort of miracle worker why didn't you ever tell me about it -_- Same thing happened awhile ago with iPads. Once we realized my daughter could use an iPad to help her with speech with programs like Go Talk Now & Proloqou, she got one! I guess therapist probably don't want you to feel obligated to buy things, but to me, if it's a benefit to my daughters education, no questions asked! Money may not exactly grown on trees, but I will make whatever it is happen!
Anyway, her speech teacher used the iPad to kind of bribe Haylie to use the seat correctly and bingo! Now my daughter uses it correctly and I wouldn't say it's a miracle worker, but totally worth every penny! My child definitely focuses better using it. And will sit in one spot for longer periods of time. Which was exactly what I was hoping for!
My daughter just had her very last day of early intervention yesterday, and the past few weeks were probably way more successful because of the use of this seat. Wish I would of discovered it along time ago instead of the last month of services ever lol.
If you would like more info or maybe want to order your child one definitely don't hesitate to click away at the link below and check Wiggle Seat out on Amazon! And parents to boys, don't worry, your son doesn't have to have a pink seat. They come in amillion other fabulous colors.
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9/1/2015 07:07:12 am
I just love this! What a great idea :)
9/1/2015 07:10:31 am
I too have a daughter in speech therapy, and feel this would benefit her as well. I could use one too lol
9/1/2015 09:05:12 am
Wow I have never seen this before. The post caught my eye because my eldest has just be diagnosed with sensory issues and I am looking for tools to help. Will be investigating whether this works for us. Thank you
robin masshole mommy
9/1/2015 09:11:02 am
My youngest was in early intervention until he aged out at 3 for a speech delay. We then put him in private therapy for another year. I think he might have adhd (or one of those), but we're still trying to work with the school to get him tested. This seat would have been perfect for him when he was your daughter's age.
9/1/2015 03:23:15 pm
It's okay to stay clear of things that you don't want to talk about. You're just doing your job as a parent. The seat looks effective!
9/1/2015 04:50:01 pm
This is a VERY neat product, and I love that it's budget-friendly, too. I see a lot of kids with tons of energy at work who have a hard time sitting still. This would probably be a great tool for many of them!
9/1/2015 06:13:56 pm
This looks like a cool seat. It is amazing how something so simple will make a difference. I wish I had this when my older son was little. He has ADHD and sitting still was so difficult for him. He is now 14 and can somewhat manage it.
9/1/2015 06:20:33 pm
I saw this and did not quite understand what it was. This really is great
9/2/2015 01:07:44 am
What a great idea! I need it!
9/2/2015 01:57:13 am
Oh wow, this is so cool! I have a feeling my sis-in-law would love this, too. :)
9/2/2015 02:27:07 am
That's awesome that it helps children to focus better. I'd try something like this with my granddaughter too.
9/2/2015 03:24:43 am
This sounds fascinating! I may have to get one soon
9/2/2015 03:50:47 am
I have never seen this before. This looks cool and I'm glad that it has helped your daughter.
9/2/2015 03:55:26 am
how interesting! I've never seen one of these before but it seems like such a great idea. very cool!
9/2/2015 06:10:22 am
I love that you shared this! Not for the Wiggle Seat, because I don't need it. And not for the advice, because my kids don't have an issue like this. I love it because you shared something. Sometimes, the best article is the most personal, even when you aren't an expert. It's just that connection and sharing that's so great.
9/2/2015 09:57:52 am
That's interesting. I have never heard of something like this. I will have to share this with some people I know with young kids.
9/2/2015 12:34:28 pm
that looks awesome. ill have to share with a few friends
9/2/2015 12:48:13 pm
I've heard of these seats, but never seen one before. They work wonders!
9/2/2015 01:14:47 pm
I've heard these are great for kids! I like that it comes in so many colors too :)
9/2/2015 02:28:26 pm
Wow, I had never heard of these before! But I do have a hyperactive little boy. Perhaps this would work for him! Thanks for sharing!
9/2/2015 03:03:31 pm
This sounds like an awesome product. It's good to know that there are products to help kids focus better.
9/2/2015 03:40:42 pm
I've never heard of this but I could've totally used it for my son. He would've really benefited from the Wiggle seat.
9/2/2015 04:42:31 pm
Truly awesome find. Love the wiggle seat!
9/2/2015 05:29:42 pm
I have never heard of the wiggle seat, but I am former Special Education Teacher, and like many comments above me, I totally agree this sounds like a great tool for classrooms!
9/2/2015 09:16:11 pm
Looks interesting. This is the first time I have heard of this wiggle seat and I think it would do great for kids who find it had to sit still.
9/3/2015 12:37:23 am
I have never heard of this sensory wiggle seat. I love the bright pink color and it looks like your daughter really likes it, too.
9/3/2015 01:14:19 am
I've never heard of a seat like this before. I have a few friends who would love to try this for their kids with SPD. Thanks for sharing.
9/3/2015 02:29:20 am
What a great idea, i just want this for my son, it is perfect for him
9/3/2015 04:11:33 am
I personally believe these "things" should be shared so other moms in the same situation can somehow relate at have a support of some sort. I realized this when my daughter was in a different situation. Anyway, I know at least three close friends whose kids have needs as well. I am going to tell them about this product, who knows, they might have a great experience using this product for their kids too. :)
9/3/2015 05:11:15 am
This sounds like a great device for any child having issues sitting. I wish they had one when my daughter was little. It would of came in real handy. Now she is 15 and hard to handle.
9/3/2015 05:47:07 pm
When our son was 15 months old, he was talking yet so we were worried about it but the doctor said that whe he's ready, he will talk and she was right. Now my sin can''t stop talking, he loves to talk! Love that wiggle seat!
9/3/2015 07:49:13 pm
This is a great idea! It would be perfect for my friends little girl. She is 5 and has Autism. It is impossible for her to sit still. I will have to share this with her.
9/3/2015 08:26:53 pm
This looks amazing. I should get them for my preschool class... they could all benefit from these.
9/3/2015 08:30:55 pm
Kudos to you for sharing. I will share this with my moms groups. You never know who is in the same boat as you are. I love the bold color options they have.
I was a special ed teacher for three years and I always loved when students had these written into their goals. I definitely feel like it helps with wiggly kids and I think it is great that your speech therapist is using it! I enjoyed reading a motherhood post from you. I know you said you're not an expert on the subject, but you did a great job talking about this topic :)
9/4/2015 12:57:51 am
I have to get this. My son is SUCH a busy body! This may be just we he needs.
9/4/2015 07:11:26 am
Who would think something sosimple could make such animpact. Its a great idea!
9/4/2015 07:14:43 am
My daughter loves making a seat out of just about anything. I think she'd love this, especially with the texture.
9/4/2015 04:16:26 pm
Sounds like something that would be great for my son. He had speech for two years and I'm so thankful NYS does it at home as we didn't and still don't have a car so getting there would have been a nightmare.
9/4/2015 06:25:46 pm
I've never heard of this product but I'm sure it works wonders! I can think of many students of mine who could have benefitted from this!
9/4/2015 10:34:43 pm
I never heard of a Wiggle Seat like this before, but that's really cool that it worked for your daughter. I can see why it helps with focusing.
9/5/2015 11:19:49 am
I saw that and applied for it, but not sure if Xander is past the age to really benefit from it. I know they used things like that with him during therapy when he was younger too...it's amazing what silly things work!
9/5/2015 04:14:26 pm
I have twin nieces that are starting school and I think this seat would be great for them. They are not used to sitting still for longer periods of time and I think this could help the transition.
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