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Very nice! Your solution actually gives her more freedom and space than a special-needs enclosed bed but keeps her just as safe.
Nice solution as long as she is not strong enough to break the balusters. Then dangerous. We had a similar situation for many years (CP/MR/lots of other stuff). With special needs kids life is about adaption and adaptive technology. I used to spend a lot of time in the hardware store, farm supply stores (Farm & Fleet here in the mid-west) and big box stores just looking at hardware and trying to see how it might be useful. Made a safe belt system for use in the old style tall swing sets in parks with a lineman's belt and various stainless steel connectors and such. Used some webbing from a camping store to add a H harness to the belt. The guys at the camping supply store had a heavy sewing machine that stitched it up for me.
Made a number of belly boards over the years too. Good for locomotion for a non-walker on hard floors.
Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for Also a number of eating stations. We did not want him eating in his wheel chair at home so we had a chair and table in the kitchen. It had hand grips for stabilization, a deep cut out so it wrapped around him. Adjustable height legs so it could grow with him. And a series of heavy oak school chairs that could not easily tip over.
Get your hands on school supply catalogs. They have good ideas you can steal. Or buy. ;-)
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Because of night seizures we slept very close for many years and so we woke as soon as he was out of bed crawling on the floor most of the time. Once in awhile, once he was 3 or so, he would surprise and make it down the hall to the kitchen and wake us demanding breakfast at 3 AM. ;-) The house was a safe zone so he was fine but we would freak a bit but then be happy he took some initiative.
Eventually built a platform bed about 8 inches high so he could sit on the edge of the bed but not be injured if he fell. Pretty stable sitter for 1 last update 2020/07/07 most of the time.Eventually built a platform bed about 8 inches high so he could sit on the edge of the bed but not be injured if he fell. Pretty stable sitter most of the time.
Leveled out at about a 2-3 year old intellectually but as I always told people you don't normally have experience with a person who has been intellectually 3 for 20+ years - that is very different from a 3 year old just passing through being 3. A 20+ year old who is intellectually 2 or 3 can be pretty wise, experienced, fun in unexpected ways and a much more cleaver pain in the butt than a just passing through 3 year old. ;-)
Anyway - good luck to you and thank you for being an adaptable and adapting parent.
You special needs parents be sure to take good care of yourselves. Very important to do so.
My cousin is autistic and has cerebral palsy. It's sometimes hard to come to terms with the things you have to do to keep them safe, but it's just something you have to deal with.
People on the outside often don't understand. I know if someone were to see the bed my cousin slept in they would think his parents were cruel, or abusive or something. I know that wasn't the case at all. They are really great, and always have been wonderful with him. There are just certain precautions that have to be made, even now, and he's 30.
I think you did a great job building that for her.
This is great and i am glad it is working for you now. It will soon be time to look into a Posey Bed. As she gets bigger, the closet won't give you enough peace of mind at night. May want to start saving for it now.
Source: I work with special needs kids.
As a parent, all I can say is do what you need to do so that your child is safe and loved, yet allow you to sleep soundly at night. If you don't get your rest, you are not helping your child. God bless.
I don't see a caged-in closet, I see a (with the help of a couple blankets and obligatory crayon on card board sign) fort of ultrabadass proportions that you get to sleep in. How many of us wanted to do that with couch cushion forts and couldn't because they were needed for silly things like sitting? Good on ya my man, looks like a lucky girl got a sweet present to keep her safe from her creative dad.
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It feels wrong too...
But that sums up being a special needs parent.
EDIT: No need to downvote ArduinoUno's comment. It's a totally normal reaction. Before I had a kid with down syndrome I would have felt the exact same way. They say special needs, but retarded was a more apt description. Her brain doesn't work properly, so we have to do things a little differently to keep her protected from herself...
how for 1 last update 2020/07/07 is that really any different then keeping them in a crib? It's a bed with 4 wallshow is that really any different then keeping them in a crib? It's a bed with 4 walls
You did a great job on this. When I was little I used to escape my crib, which was pretty dangerous for a little guy. My parents pushed it under my brother's bunk at night so I couldn't climb out. I think it says a lot about you that you're willing to not only do what's safest for your daughter, but to also put a lot of love and effort into it. That's the sign of a good parent. :)
You said she was also diagnosed with autism. You may want to consider some additional tactile parts at some point. Maybe on the side the 1 last update 2020/07/07 wall do some more frames but with different fabrics (faux fur, shag carpet, etc) in them. Just something safe and stimulating for her as she falls asleep.You said she was also diagnosed with autism. You may want to consider some additional tactile parts at some point. Maybe on the side wall do some more frames but with different fabrics (faux fur, shag carpet, etc) in them. Just something safe and stimulating for her as she falls asleep.
A lovely bed for a lucky daughter.
The mattress is perfect, if she roll over quickly she won't touch the wall thanks to the mattress.
Put up some posters/decorations that she likes, and you can make it a special place for just her. Then it will be a place that she can feel proud of, and the other kids can be jealous of.
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