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All-Star Sports: Day Three

Written By: Scot Butwell - Jul• 12•13

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Day three of D’s All-Star Sports class brought a pleasant surprise. One moment, he was struggling to listen stand still, and the next he was calm and focused, with a hockey stick in hand.

My guess is, and I am speculating, is the sensory input from the stick pressed to the ground helped stabilize his body. Again, I’m speculating. There could be some other explanation.

I am learning from D’s occupational therapist how his body is different than other kids. He senses things more acutely, causing him to experience sensory overload from too much stimulation.

His OT has explained to me about the proprioceptive, vestibular, and tactile systems. She sounded like a mechanic talking about a carburetor, alternator, and timing issuee.

But it’s starting to make sense. The one thing I’ve learned–from his occupational therapist and watching my son–is my son’s body needs sensory input to remain in a regulated state.

Which is all to say, the pressure from a hockey stick pressed to the ground, reminded me of the importance of sensory input to regulating his body.

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With his body in a regulated state, he whacked a plastic ball back and forth to a classmate. He flicked several balls in four different goals in a free-for-all competition.

There was no cat-and-mouse game like Day two of his All-Star Sports class. He would run off from the class and I followed him to make sure he came back to the group.

He was calm and relaxed and, as his OT calls it, he was in the Green Zone.

Hopefully, I will remember how his body needs sensory input–his OT calls a sensory diet–to keep his body in a regulated state, so he can stay in the Green Zone.

NHL Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky said: “The highest compliment me is that I work hard every day, that I never dogged it.”

This was true of my son today: he worked hard, and with the exception of a few times when he was distracted, he never dogged it.


mygymlogo[1]My Gym is celebrating its 30-year anniversary.  From watching my son’s sports and other classes, My Gym has perfected the ability to create fun activities that help kids challenge their developing bodies.

But what makes Redondo Beach’s My Gym a hit with kids is its wonderful staff.  They know how to get down on the floor and relate to kids.


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