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I have always looked for a way to calm down their racing nervous system and motor tics. This bed has been wonderful for that. They plug the Ipod into the bed and are able to feel the vibration of the sound, as well as listen to it through headphones. They love it! It is very calming and peaceful and they fall into a more restful sleep. And they stay asleep.After a busy day, just lying on the bed with the CD and vibration settles them down and I see a reduction in motor tics and anxiety.For our family this has made a huge positive difference. I would highly recommend this bed for therapeutic purposes. Thank you again for the opportunity to try these beds and see my daughters enjoy the peace that comes from using it.
He actually falls asleep at a normal hour and stays asleep. This is truly a miracle. I am no longer going to call it the music bed, rather the miracle bed.If there is anything I can do to get the word out in the Autism community please let me know. Sleep deprivation is a huge issue in the Autism community. My son requires very little sleep, yet has always kept me and other family members awake, because he did not want to be the only one awake. This is a common scene with a household with a child of Autism- the parents are sleep deprived because of the autistic child, yet the child is not sleep deprived because they just don't need much sleep. This bed has made it so that for the first time we ALL are getting sleep.
But this morning, he came bounding down to the kitchen at 730 am and said "that was the first night I slept 8 hours in a row!!!" He hugged us both! So to say the bed is a success is an understatement!!!But all in all - a MAJOR SUCCESS for us! Probably the first night he didn't cause a fuss at bedtime OR end up in our bed at 3 am. (no exaggeration). Have a feeling we will be ordering more, or at least our friends will! We've had so many people hop on and try it out! Your generosity and compassion is overwhelming... and I think you know from some experience that getting a huge smile from a child on the spectrum just melts our hearts!!! Wish I had videotaped it... We are thrilled and will certainly let you know what the rest of the family thinks! Thanks SO much!
It's like his whole attitude and personality have changed, and I guess a good night's sleep will do that!The cool thing is that Jimmy likes the feeling of the music, and just listening to it through the mattress. But my other son, Sean, puts on the headphones and falls asleep to the music in the bed right next to him. This way they don't fool around or talk, they go right to sleep! So both boys are happy! (Joe, the oldest, is NOT happy b/c he hasn't had a trial run yet!) Thanks again!
This is amazing!! Sammy loves the bed!!Another thing that happened simultaneously when using the new bed is that Sammy has almost completely stopped bedwetting. As you recall, Sammy has been wearing pull-ups nightly for years and years. Despite decreasing nightly fluid intake he was wetting his bed 4 or 5 out of 7 nights. We went to Children's Try for Dry clinic to get their help. They recommended using an enuresis alarm. We have been too exhausted to start using the alarm knowing we would be woken out of a sound sleep almost every night and need to wake him to a fully awake state as well. In addition, we were unable to find a pull-up that not only fit his slim body but also hold a large volume of urine for a 12 year old bladder. We have spent years washing and drying his sheets, blankets, etc night after night. Those waterproof mattress pads took forever to dry. When we mentioned this to Rick Feingold (inventor of the bed), he spoke with some authorities about this phenomena and was validated that the vibration of the bed also affects the Vagus nerve which is very likely the rationale. We now have Sammy in regular underwear at night and are using the enuresis alarm. Over a 3 week period, the alarm has gone off only 3 times. Sammy feels so good about himself and we are "blown away" by these extraordinary results. We want every parent that has these struggles to know about this bed.
My husband and I are stunned by what your bed can produce, the vibrations with the music together is classic. We have used it a couple of times and Cade likes it, he sat quietly with a smile for a minute and then laid his head on his pillow and said, "nye, nite."We are not going to use it as his permanent bed right now, he is only two and transition is difficult, so we are going to make it as one of our calming techniques and transition to it over some time. I already see this bed being a plus to our chaotic life, I will keep in touch and let you know more as we begin to use it more. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, there is always another hill to climb and your bed will help us on our climb. Thank you!