*Contains affiliate linksIf you have a child with sensory issues you find you need certain items to minimise the impact and improve their life a little. Things which give sensory input or protect from it.
Our child seems to have quite a mixed sensory profile. We'd like a sensory assessment but these are not available through the NHS in our area. School have mentioned it but I doubt they'll fund it so we're saving the DLA for it instead. In the meantime it's trial & error. So far we have weighted blankets, ear defenders and chewy jewellery, altogether somewhere in the region of £80 upwards. We bought well but we saw some weighted blankets similar to ours which were £80 alone.
Getting our child to actually use them is hit and miss. The chewy stuff was easy, nobody wants to be that kid who bites everyone. The ear defenders are steadily getting a look in with encouragement from school, they seem to help with all the classroom noise. The weighted blanket & lap pad, the most expensive items, are redundant. School haven't particularly encouraged their use, but even at home there's no interest. We looked at various websites for all of these items. Ear defenders were cheap & cheerful, chewy jewellery is not too costly, weighted blankets cost silly money! We looked at making our own but ended up buying off eBay as the price would have been similar.
Due to the expense I did consider learning to sew & making them to sell at cost price. I understand that it's just business but I can't abide profiteering from disabilities. I'd be a rubbish business owner!