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I have simple dreams for my children. Being the parent of triplets with Autism changed me in so many unexpected ways. I do not think less of them or their abilities, but I do not wish them to carry out my dreams for them. I wish that I may help them carry out THEIR own dreams. Maybe there are many other parents who are already here, but I wasn’t. It took having Autistic triplets for my whole parenting approach to change. The truth is, I thought this was my approach, but I always found myself having very specific desires for my older children. I changed my parenting approach with them, too. Honestly, I’m still working on perfecting these skills, but I work on them every day. My when-my-kids-grow-up dreams were the first thing to shift. I don’t dream about where I want them to go, what I want them to do, or how I want them to be. I want my children to grow up #FreeToBe who ever they should become. Whether my children want to be doctors, travel with a circus, or inspect homes for termites, I’ve realized that what they do for a living will never determine their quality of life. So, I want each of my children to have the freedom to do whatever makes them feel fulfilled. Whatever that may be. While they figure that out in the years to come, the best way I can help them is by exposing them to possibilities and giving them opportunities. For the triplets, that means first helping them overcome many obstacles. Their first major obstacle was communication. In fact, I wasn’t sure they’d ever speak. Eventually, they did, and now they are all chatty beings. CHATTY! That’s huge for them. Another obstacle they face is dealing with sensory issues. They all have Eczema, very sensitive skin, and a long list of sensory aversions. Especially with allergy season upon us, the triplets are extra frustrated by sensory issues. I have two solutions!
First, I’m using all® free clear liquid detergent or free clear mighty pacs®, which is the #1 detergent recommended by Dermatologists, Allergists, and Pediatricians for Sensitive Skin. Not only does it fight tough stains, but it helps remove three of the top everyday allergens dust mite matter, cat and dog dander, dust mite matter, ragweed, grass, and tree pollen, as well as certain fragrances. All® free clear is not intended to treat or prevent allergies, but it was awarded the Seal of Acceptance by the National Eczema Association for having no dyes, perfumes, certain chemicals, and irritating residues.
Second, I’m helping the triplets face their sensory aversions through fun and educational activities. Their favorite is this DIY Sensory Table I made for them. It was so easy to create and it’s even portable. I removed the label from an empty all® free mighty pacs® container to store the sensory table mix. It holds the perfect amount of content to create a sensory table area big enough for three to play at the same time!
Remove the label from an empty all® free mighty pacs® container. Wash and dry the container. Use it to store the sensory table mix. Beans, rice, pom-poms, erasers, and anything that will create a variety of outer surfaces and textures is perfect!
Attach the first layer of pool noodles to the edge of your sensory table!
Again – my job is simple; expose them to possibilities and give them opportunities. Buy all® free clear for your family so they can be #freetobe too, during allergy season and all year long! I purchased mine at Save Mart, but you can also find them at many of your other favorite retail locations!
You can also continue the conversation by joining the all® free clear community and connecting with parents just like you!
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By: Alicia Gonzalez
Category: Crafts & DIY