Many products that can help our sensational kids are very expensive and available in a limited number of catalogs. This leaves us parents trying to budget our money to get the help we need or start thinking outside the box. Personally, I like to think outside the box.
Fortunately, I am pretty crafty and have a lot of tools to make my own therapy helpers. There are some things, like anything that involves a sewing machine, that I can't make myself. Some of us aren't crafty, so what can we do?
Etsy is the leading online marketplace for all things handmade, vintage, and craft supplies. It's made of millions of different sellers that make everything from jewelry to clothing to, yes, even sensory toys and occupational therapy needs. I've been selling on Etsy for almost three years and it still isn't the first place I think of for therapy helpers. One of the best features of Etsy is the ability to request custom items. You can use Alchemy or find a seller whose work you like and ask if they can make a custom item. You can get weighted vests with your child's favorite character on them. Find chewing necklaces that your child will want to wear to school. Here's a treasury I made of just a small selection of sensory helpers available for sale on Etsy. A search for sensory, occupational therapy, and autism can yield thousands more. (Some good treasures are tagged for autism, but they work very well for our sensational kids as well!)