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Bethron Tue 24-May-05 15:18:19

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Bethron Tue 24-May-05 17:03:07

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Thomcat Tue 24-May-05 17:08:52

Hmmm, I did know of a site but can't rememebr what it was called.

What age group are you looking for?

We had an octopus and the child has to squeeze each 'tentacle' and it plays a different note. Might that be good?

Also make your own texture trays.
Use silver crinkly wrapping paper, tissue paper, flour and water, shave foam, pasta, rice, sand, cous cous, anything you can get hold of. Put flour in water in a washing up bowl, buy cheap plastic trays from pound shops.

HTH for now.

Merlot Tue 24-May-05 17:11:58

We've got the octopus - it was from Boots TC

Thomcat Tue 24-May-05 17:21:12

did your smell of something lovely? Moine did and still does, 3 and a half years on!

Bethron I just did a shearch for you and came up with lots of websites but as I was about to go into some I was shut down, apparently I was performing an illegal operation! Deceped old computer system, sorry.
I typed 'sensory toys children special needs' under the UK only sections of google, sorry it won't let me do it today for soem reason or i'd do links for you.

Other snsory things we did with L in therapy was a large tub filled with sand then water on top and put tpoys in sand they had to play with.

we rubbed bay lotion onto their feet and let them leave wet footprints. We also did the same with talc and then let them leave footprints on mat.

ummm, I'll keep thinking but not sure I'm helping!

lemonice Tue 24-May-05 17:31:06

The smelly version (vanilla I think) of the Octopus is a Lamaze toy (Octotunes), it is a bit bigger than the Boots one and a bit more expensive, but still reasonable there is also a puppy which is similar and simpler as only has 4 paws!.

I had a number of regular customers who bought toys for different Special Needs and age groups and gathered quite a lot of information on the subject. Quite often it seemed that toys designed as Special Needs toys were very expensive as really for the professional nursery/health environment/school but there are a lot of other toys which are excellent value and inspired home made solutions.

I only pop onto this board from time to time so don't know anything about your child Bethron, I may be able to suggest some others if you post a little about your dd/ds.

Bethron Tue 24-May-05 17:38:30

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Bethron Tue 24-May-05 17:43:08

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Fio2 Tue 24-May-05 17:57:00

a little boy in my daughters old class had west syndrome. Formative Fun is good and there is another but I cant remember.

Is he having portage? portage are really good for providing specialist toys on loan and you get a wonderful portage worker too (with some exceptions)

pixel Tue 24-May-05 17:58:16

Ds's school are working on his reluctance to touch things. I know they encourage him to put his hands into a tray of rice and to poke at lumps of playdoh if that's any help.

Fio2 Tue 24-May-05 18:00:21

and finger paint

Bethron Tue 24-May-05 18:04:53

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Fio2 Tue 24-May-05 18:12:03

you can self refer for portage, or you health visitor or peaditrician can refer, i think the website is but if you google "portage" and "formative fun" it should come up with their websites

Bethron Tue 24-May-05 18:35:48

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Bethron Tue 24-May-05 18:37:30

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Fio2 Tue 24-May-05 18:40:57

Bethron, why dont you contact them anyway and see if there is an alternative? i know my friend got play therapy instead of portage and that was equally good

have you spoken to your special needs health visitor? if not ask your GP to refer you

Bethron Tue 24-May-05 18:48:55

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Fio2 Tue 24-May-05 18:50:36

there should be a special needs health visitor too, if you arent asigned to her/him, i would ask to be as they can be quite useful

Frizbe Tue 24-May-05 18:55:58

Lamaze do a lot of these, check ebay out!

Bethron Tue 24-May-05 19:05:47

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Fio2 Tue 24-May-05 19:09:01

west syndrome is rare though, not that i am excusing her find it shocking tbh. But my HV was the one telling me my dd had problems and i was 'pah'

anniebear Tue 24-May-05 19:41:12


My little girl had West Syndrome (Infantile Spasms)

She has just come off her Meds after two years of being seizure free on them, we are now waiting to see if any other seizure types develop

Feel free to contact me


Dingle Tue 24-May-05 19:56:26

Another catalogue I have is The Magic Planet, good to see what resources are out there. I think they have changed their web address to this

Bethron Tue 24-May-05 20:02:28

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