First Day of Kindergarten and Autism, A Mother’s Perspective

Jake is five years old. He is going to Occupational Therapy for sensory issues. I am amazed at how much Occupational Therapy looks like playing. Jake’s favorite item is a swing that hangs from the ceiling. When you get into the swing, it completely encloses the body to provide sensory input to help kids calm and self-regulate. As Jake climbs in, stretches out, and moves around inside the swing, he learns body awareness, balance, motor planning, and spatial skills. The stretchy, heavy-duty fabric provides sensory pressure all over and creates a fun…