The Wiggly Scarecrow: Songs for Sensational Kids
Need some help getting your kids to do their therapy, to self-regulate, calm
themselves down, or rev up? Then Songs For Sensational Kids; The Wiggly
Scarecrow can surely help!
"I found an SPD mom on the internet who kept saying that the issues with my
children sounded sensory related. It got me to do enough reading that I
finally got desperate enough
to find an OT where we could get evaluated without
a referral. It was the best thing I ever did for our family and for my children
and our relationship with each other. We have gone through one year of OT with
brushing, joint compressions,
listening therapy and a
sensory diet and our lives
have changed more than I could have imagined. My girls have improved
from many of their sensory issues and the ones remaining at this point can be
aged very well.
I understand my girls better than ever and feel that I have become a better
mother to them during all of our learning. My daughters were premature and I
still am very surprised that during that time, no one mentioned SPD or gave me
things to look for. I don't know why they have sensory issues, but I plan on
trying to work with the local hospitals here to see if there is
any way to help
educate people. If we had gotten help a year sooner, things may not have gotten
as bad as they did!
My daughter finally gave up her bottle this year (at age 4). It was so hard
for her and I know the only reason she was able to do it was from her listening
therapy. But she is struggling now because she does not have anything to help
her self soothe. She will hardly rest during the day and she used to need lots
of rests that she got with her bottle and some TV time alone.
Do you have any suggestions of things we could try to get her some down time?
She is a crasher and needs lots of input. We are trying to brush again but I am
having a hard time getting it back into our schedule and she is fighting it. She
gets tired and hangs on people, gets angry and manic. Sometimes I wish we had
that bottle back. It was a life saver for us both."
Let me say, I know how tempting it feels to want to give her
the bottle back, but PLEASE don't do it. THAT would cause
many more problems. I KNOW what you are feeling...
it too... my daughter giving up the pacifier then having
NOTHING left but ME to soothe her. Uggh, the HOURS I spent
in her room trying to get her to sleep!!
Anyway, I am curious, before I go on...
Can you do the listening therapy some more? Again? Have
you asked the OT about that? It surely does calm many kids and help them make
all kinds of improvements, as you saw. It may be time to revisit this?
BUT, what I REALLY want to suggest to you is to get a copy of Coles Whalen's
CD... Songs for Sensational Kids Vol. 1: The Wiggly Scarecrow. I have witnessed the power of this CD. My
friend, who was playing this CD in her van with her own seeker, described the CD
"There are three soothing songs at the end, songs 13, 14, and 15. Which are
all calming and regulating songs, to a calm, slow beat. Each song on the CD is
designed to use with certain therapeutic activities. Right now? We do the
Brushing Song, to encourage him to brush himself. The airplane song while we do
prone extension exercises, and the Dancin' Cowboy song to do vestibular work.
When a child needs to be more alert and speed up the engine, we do the Wishy
Washy Men song."
Here are the names of all the tracks on
The Wiggly Scarecrow CD...
Playing Games is All About Fun
Dancin Cowboy Rodeo
Im a Little Airplane
My Brain is a Working Machine
The Wiggly Scarecrow
How does it go?
Noisy Hushy Troop
Wishy Washy Men
Noilee & Prat
Product Description From Amazon:
"Children will be inspired to dance and sing along to the tunes of Coles
Whalen's guitar. The funky western sound of 'Dancing Cowboy Rodeo' will help
enhance children’s balance and coordination while the up tempo beat of 'The Wishy
Washy Men' can be used to teach children to keep movements and voices in control
as an activity gets faster and faster. 'The Wiggly Scarecrow' helps children
understand their uniqueness and builds self-esteem as they learn the lyrics and
sing with confidence.
An added feature of the CD is that it comes with a downloadable PDF of how to
use the songs to move, think, relate and rest. It includes lyrics, activities,
and information on how each song relates to sensory processing disorder. Fun for
This CD is a VERY important part of my friend's sensory diet for her son and it
SURELY works!! I saw it work with my own two eyes when I was just down there
visiting them. Also, just know a
carefully planned and regularly implemented will help her stay
regulated. I hope you have one. You can also try
blankets or a weighted lap pad for some "chilling out" time.
Oh, I can see it now...
how about a little
hide away play tent, with therapeutic
objects, Theraputty, floor pillows,
aromatherapy products, and
The Wiggly Scarecrow
CD playing. Perhaps even a ladybug massager that she can
play with for input, a
bean bag chair, etc. Maybe at certain
times during the day?? Also, since the bottle was so soothing
maybe some strong oral motor toys,
chewy foods, strong flavors, etc. in
You can talk to your daughter about how you both need some relaxation time. You
need some time to recharge and her body needs some time to relax and wind down
before doing another activity or going to bed,
whatever. What do you think? Because the behaviors you are
talking about ARE her system "out-of-sync" and disorganized! We
have to help her by giving her the tools she needs to keep
regulated. What does your OT say/know about these things with
your daughter. I hope she is being helpful to you!! Do you have
THE BEST OT you can find?
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