A 3-year-old boy has difficulty falling asleep at night, and experiences head banging against the wall or bed and constant arm movement
He constantly moves his limbs and bangs his head against the wall or bed to self-soothe. His caregivers are concerned about his safety due to excessive movement and head banging.
No- to low-tech AT solutions could be sensory regulation activities within the home for 30 minutes before bedtime. This combined with a low-stimulus environment may be beneficial. Mid-tech AT solutions include soothing bedtime items such as a white noise machine, a weighted blanket, a soothing/vibrating stuffed toy like a Summer Infant Slumber Buddy, and a Swaddle Me Good Vibes Crib Wedge. A high-tech AT item is a vibrating/adjustable mattress.
Safety Note: If choosing the weighted blanket, consult with an OT or other professional to determine the needed weight of the blanket based on the weight of the child.
Goals and Outcomes:
The boy will self-soothe for bed without harming himself.