• Having trouble getting your kid to grasp a marker, crayon, or paintbrush? Wrap Model Magic around it to create a grip that conforms to your child's hand. It dries as hard foam; to maintain its soft, squishy texture for future uses, seal it in an airtight container. This tip is from Diane, a new art therapist in Max's life; she's going to be sharing a lot of awesome tips in a guest post, coming soon.
• Headphones have been coming in totally handy for us at the mall and other places that get noisy (thanks, Felicia, for suggesting them).
We've been using the Peltor 90554 Kid's Earmuff, which Max seems to like despite the fact that they are not available in purple.
When we're hanging at home, we like these Skull Candy ones plugged into Max's iPad, so Max can watch Lightning McQueen clips on YouTube without the rest of us
going insane hearing them.
• A stellar resource for therapy ideas: PediaStaff, on Pinterest (a super-cool online bulletin board). You name it, there's a great activity for it—sensory, tactile, fine motor, gross motor, storytelling, sequencing, social cues, oral motor, feeding and eating.
• Max used to hate brushing his teeth (perhaps you heard him screeching?) but now tolerates it thanks to this G-U-M Toothbrush with a flashing light. It blinks on and off for 60 seconds and he lets me brush his teeth for the entire time. In the dark!
• Great suggestion from a friend: Keep a copy of your child's medical records in the trunk of your car. Just in case you ever have to rush somewhere in an emergency, you'll have them.
Got any random and good tips to share that you're picked up lately?