Sensory Processing: My Friend Has "Blue Magic"

A friend wrote a great post yesterday featuring photos of her son in his Lycra Spacial Body Bag.  The pictures will make you smile – I can almost guarantee it.

Like Eby, her son is a “sensory seeker” who likes deep pressure. His school recommended this Bag as a calming tool for him.

This Lycra Bag provides deep pressure and proprioceptive stimulation which many kids (even kids without sensory issues) find comforting.  Besides it is fun!  Apparently the child can see out of it, and even do a series of poses with it.

I just ordered some Red Magic for Eby – at $21.00, it seems like a great investment. You can see all of the products this company offers HERE.

Have you tried a tool like this?  What did you think?

~Lisa

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

17 Comments

  1. Melody
    March 10, 2010

    http://Www.discountschoolsupply.com has a lot of special needs and sensory products for a lot cheaper than I've found elsewhere. Plus free shipping over $79, and with 5 kids and a daycare, it isn't hard to get my order up to that easily.

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    1. OneThankfulmom
      March 10, 2010

      Melody, thank you for the recommendation. I am going to check it out.

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  2. Julie
    March 10, 2010

    I saw Jillian's post and thought, "How cool is that?" My sunshine used to wear his dad's stretchy pajama pants like that. Maybe he would like some red or blue magic. Hmmm…..

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  3. Kristy
    March 10, 2010

    I work with children with autism, and we have several different tools we use for sensory , but the body sock ( similar to this) is one of them. You can also get a swing that is like a body sock they can…well swing in at the same time. Two different sensations. A yoga ball is another great tool instead of a chair.

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    1. OneThankfulmom
      March 10, 2010

      Kristy, if you have any other thoughts or suggestions, please let me know. I would love to hear more. I saw the swing on the site where I bought our "Red Magic", but it was out of my price range. I'm going to try a "knock off" from Ikea – not nearly as cool, but it will help me know how effective it is.

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      1. Kristy
        March 11, 2010

        Try a hammock swing with a piece of carpet as a seat…not quite the same, but I am sure you could adapt it with swim suit material (which you can make body socks out of which are just long tubes that they just sit and relax in maybe watching tv or even doing school in to get the pressure) or a canvas swing can work too. Another thing that is used in school is called a "wiggle seat" but on websites they are probably pretty expensive, I bought what was called a core stabilizing disc (http://www.amazon.com/Professional-Core-Balance-S… Eby can wiggle and jiggle while sitting. Another thing that you can put in that I saw somewhere,, if you screw into your doorway closet pole holders, (the kind you can set the pole into) then you can put a pole into it and he can swing like from the monkey bars. Good for rainy days. Also for the swing in the house, if you get those pull up bars for the door way, you can attach them to it with a climbing D-ring instead of buying the super expensive bars from the special needs sites.

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  4. Tanya
    March 10, 2010

    glad you two already know each other! i’m sure these tools will be helpful for your kiddos! thank you for sharing with your followers. looks like a fun item….do they make em in adult sizes? (jk)

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  5. Lauren
    March 11, 2010

    Thanks for the tip! We're going to try it out.

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    1. OneThankfulmom
      March 11, 2010

      Maybe we could dress our kids in these for a special church event! Wouldn't that be interesting – hey, it might help Eby sit through the service!

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  6. Jillian and Crew
    March 11, 2010

    The longest conversation(and staying on topic) I have ever had with Morgan Yisak was after he had been in the suit and he was calm and he took out one hand to sign(he is deaf) to me, but kept it on the rest of his body. When things emotional came up-he rubbed the material or stressed out his leg or covered hand in the material…I seriously can't believe the difference….I hope ALL your kids love them and respond to them the same way.

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  7. learningpatience
    March 11, 2010

    Can *I* have one – sometimes I feel the need to control my environment and make it smaller. Do you think it would help? Do you think maybe I could get a minute of peace in there? 😉

    Cool idea – I think we might just be investing in one of these soon.

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  8. heather Antoine
    March 11, 2010

    Thanks! I'm so excited to go order one!!!!

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  9. Kerrie
    March 12, 2010

    I just saw your post on Grown in My Heart; I am loving your sensory processing and Learning Curve posts. Thanks for new stuff to try!

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    1. OneThankfulmom
      March 12, 2010

      Thank you Kerrie!

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  10. Sweet Pea
    March 12, 2010

    I can't wait to see pics of Eby playing with "magic." I glanced over at "Rooted in Love" and the pictures made me laugh out loud. Thankfully class hadn't started yet!

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  11. Alicia
    March 16, 2010

    just ordered it for my sweet daughter! thank you!!!!

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  12. meredith
    August 7, 2010

    Oriental Trading Post has these for VERY cheap! They are so great, and the kids love them!

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