We're very fortunate to have tons of family close by, and loving, supportive family that gets SPD and wants to learn more. Last night we had dinner, a pre-birthday dessert, and a wild bout of marble rolling.
Simon hangs out at my dad's house when Bob isn't able to stay with him during the day, so he knows the house and it's contents. He asked for marbles, and he and the fabulous Lori sat and rolled them ALL across the floor. It was sensational, in all the ways we use that word. The sound of 100 or so marbles rolling across a wood floor was incredible. Simon laughed and yelped and jumped, stimulated by the sight and sound. It was hypnotic and soothing for me, a pleasant, soft persistent sound. I wonder if "marbles rolling on wood floor" will ever make it onto a white noise ap? I'd even pay for that one.
The game was silly, wild fun for Simon, and in a free flowing environment, it fed his senses and engaged him. After all the sugar and stimulation, I expected him to be out of control, but he did keep it together long enough to help pick up the marbles. I know that he wouldn't have been able to sit still after that sort of thing, and it may be an interesting hint at what his challenges might be in a school environment. What if the kids paint with marbles, then need to sit down for a story, or to do little math stuff? Would a teacher be willing or able to change the order for one kid, and end the day with the rousing activity? This exact scenario may never come up, but similar things will. I can only prepare and educate the best I can, and enjoy every moment we have when it doesn't so much matter how much rolling marbles might make him lose his.