Sorry about my million posts, you guys just seem to have such great ideas! I met with Clara's new developmental specialist, and she was SO helpful. She had tons of great ideas and techniques to help deal with Clara's sensory issues and it was so nice to lay it all out there. I'm feeling like I'm finally getting some tools to deal with this!
So one of her ideas that I really liked was creating a "quiet corner" for Clara to be when she gets overstimulated. Her crib has never really worked as a calm-down area for her. I was thinking of designating one corner of the living room (which is basically her play room) to be this space, but I'm just not sure how to get started. I know ideally I'd like to have some kind of tent type thing to make it enclosed and darker, but there would still need to be a space where I could see in. A lot of the time when she's upset she likes to rub the fleece on her coat, so I was thinking of getting some large pieces of fleece that she could rub her face on, put some white noise in there etc. Any ideas on how to construct this or what to add? My budget is really limited, but I'm pretty crafty, so I'm hoping I'll be able to make a lot of this stuff myself.
If she likes fleece and you are handy, what about a beanbag type chair made out of fleece? She might be a bit young for it now, but since you are making it you could make a MUCH smaller version more appropriate for her. Just don't make it too cluttered or it will have the opposite effect. Maybe a mobile type thing hanging from inside the tent. That way you could make it out of things you know she likes and that calm her. That with the "white noise" would maybe be enough. Oh maybe a stuffed animal to cuddle too?
I was going to suggest making a tent using fabric..netting.. probably could get enough to hang from the ceiling and attach pieces to walls to give it a "shape".
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I have seen some cute "play houses" make out of cloth and felt using a card table as the base. http://www.google.com/search?q=card+...w=1345&bih=555