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Have you ever distracted your upset child with a different toy or activity? That is redirection! All parents have utilized this tactic to avoid unwanted behaviors, tantrums or meltdowns. Parents of children with sensory processing disorder and/or autism might be especially familiar with the need to redirect our children. C has made great strides in his behavioral problems; but as with all aspects of therapy, we’ve come to expect that we always take two steps forward and one step back.
Things have been a bit challenging again behaviorally and I was running out of ways to redirect him. Fun and Function was kind enough to send me these Regulation Cubes in exchange for my review of how they worked with our children. Fun and Function is a family-owned, kid-focused company with a passion for creating the best sensory toys and tools on the planet. They take pride in #EmpoweringDifferent and helping show the world how amazing special needs children are. C and Jo were super excited about their new toys as they helped me tear open the box and select which cards to slide into the slots on each cube. There are some great activities to choose from to help you redirect your child! When C made this face yesterday, I knew what we had to do. He was basically looking at me through his eyebrows. I excitedly announced, “Let’s roll the sensory cubes and see what it wants us to do!” C was still upset, but he followed us into the living room to observe. As we continued to engage him with the Regulation Cubes, he warmed up to the idea of participating. The activities on the Regulation Cubes provide excellent redirection as well as sensory input. You can select activities that will help ground your kids (putting their hands together for finger pushups), make them do hard work (crawl like a worm), and challenge their balance (hop on one foot). I was able to tailor the cubes to my kids’ need for lots of movement.
Within 10 minutes, they had moved onto a different activity; but the Regulation Cubes had served their exact purpose. C was no longer upset. Jo hadn’t gotten sucked into whatever meltdown or negative behavior that had been avoided. They were smiling, laughing and playing together. I was able to put this sensory tool back in its permanent home – beneath one of our living room end tables, easy to access the next time we need to redirect our children.
Find Regulation Cubes or other sensory toys to suit your family’s needs by visiting Fun and Function!