Motivational Influencer and a Life Advocate with unshakable Faith. My commitment to see you thrive ignites my purpose to illuminate your journey beyond past or present obstacles in life. You are meant to succeed.
When my son, Jaden, was 2 ½ years old, he was diagnosed with autism. At the time of his diagnosis, autism was a foreign word to me and as a result, I had to navigate this diagnosis on my own by trial, error and by the grace of God; the use of the resources available to me.
One of the things I am so grateful for in the journey is all of the information I have found along the way to share and to help other parents especially busy working mothers. As a Mompreneur, I truly value having tools and resources that I can do at home with Jaden and the with the entire family!
A calming sensory bottle provides a visual experience assisting the soothing mechanism in the neurological system. Due to the neurological impact of Autism, individuals demonstrate at times, a “disorganization” of the sensory input they are receiving from all 7 senses (sight, touch, taste, hearing, joint input (proprioception) or vestibular (balance system). This disorganization can produce anxiety or distress and behaviors like flapping, tiptoeing, screaming, and headbanging. Calming sensory bottles are used to tranquil a person’s stimuli and address an over-responsive sensory system. It is a tool that can be utilized for all ages from infants to adults.
It is something that can be implemented at home, school, community outings as they are transportable. They are easy to make, can be made as a shared activity, using preferred items to suspend in the bottle, color choices, and a reciprocal activity, encouraging independence for behavioral management and self-advocacy.
For more information about autism visit: www.jadensvoice.org and to watch my fun new show that covers all things autism visit: www.onthespectrum.tv
Empty recyclable water bottles – preferred thick and smooth edges of higher quality plastic.
Note: Repurposed spice containers, pickle jars, recycled nursing bottles are an excellent choice for infants age 6 months -2 years.
Clear washable Glue – this is the costliest item. You can substitute with baby oil or clear dish soap.
Assorted items to suspend- Glitter, beads (letters, animals, vehicles), 1/2 a drop of food coloring Permanent Glue Water
Step 1: Fill the vessel (bottle, jar) about 1/4-1/2 full of clear glue. (The larger the bottle, then closer to half with glue, the smaller the bottle, then 1/4 full of glue)
Step 2: Pour in water to almost the rim of the container.
Step 3: Add a drop of preferred food dye, glitter, and items to suspend. Your choice or child’s choice. Every bottle is unique!
Step 4: Top with lid. Shake it up hard to mix the fluids. (This is a great workout and teamwork for you and your child!)
Step 5: Decide if you like or want to add some more glitter or color.
Step 6: Once satisfied, use the permanent glue around the rim of the lid, screw on tightly and let dry. Ensure no leakage or ability to open once sealed permanently.
Step 7: Enjoy your new sensory calming bottle! Always supervise when children are making their sensory bottles, as the items selected to use may be choking hazards. To ensure permanent closure of bottle and no leakage, please use a permanent glue that can attach the lid to the bottle. If choosing glass bottles, like a recycled pickle jar, please ensure that it is safely stored and used only with supervision if being used by.