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The Benefits of Occupational Therapy (OT) for Children

The Benefits of Occupational Therapy (OT) for Children

The Benefits of Occupational Therapy (OT) for Children Occupational Therapy (OT) is a cornerstone in the development and well-being of children facing various challenges. Its holistic approach not only caters to physical needs but also addresses cognitive, sensory, and social aspects, making it a vital service for young ones. Let's...
The Benefits of Physical Therapy (PT) for Children

The Benefits of Physical Therapy (PT) for Children

The Benefits of Physical Therapy for Children  Physical therapy (PT) is not just for adults recovering from injuries or surgeries. It offers a myriad of benefits for children, particularly those facing physical challenges. Through targeted interventions and exercises, PT can significantly enhance a child's overall well-being and quality of life....
Social Anxiety: What Causes It and How Do You Overcome It?

Social Anxiety: What Causes It and How Do You Overcome It?

Social Anxiety: What Causes It and How Do You Overcome It? Social anxiety is a mental health condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It is characterized by an intense fear of social situations, particularly those that involve interacting with others or being the center of attention. For those who...
Benefits of Using Sensory Toys and Tools for SPD - High School Edition

Benefits of Using Sensory Toys and Tools for SPD - High School Edition

Benefits of Using Sensory Toys and Tools for SPD - High School Edition Sensory toys are tools designed to stimulate one or more of the five senses - sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste. They provide a unique sensory experience that can help individuals, especially those with sensory processing disorder...
Bedwetting: Reasons and Strategies

Bedwetting: Reasons and Strategies

Bedwetting: Reasons and Strategies Bedwetting can be a challenging situation for both children and parents, especially when a child has sensory-processing difficulties. For young children, it is important to approach this issue with patience and understanding, acknowledging that every child develops at their own pace. You may also need to...
Benefits of ISR Swim Lessons, including Sensory-Motor Regulation for Sensory-Seeking Children

Benefits of ISR Swim Lessons, including Sensory-Motor Regulation for Sensory-Seeking Children

Benefits of ISR Swim Lessons, including Sensory-Motor Regulation for Sensory-Seeking Children For new parents and safety-conscious caregivers, the thought of introducing your young ones to water can be filled with mixed emotions. There's the joy of seeing them splash and play, but also a nagging fear of water safety. This...
SPD Teaching Toolkit: Empowering Students with Sensory Processing Disorder

SPD Teaching Toolkit: Empowering Students with Sensory Processing Disorder

Creating an inclusive classroom that supports students with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is essential for their academic and social success. This comprehensive SPD Teaching Toolkit is designed to provide educators with practical tools and strategies that cater to the diverse needs of students with SPD. Each component of this toolkit...
Sensory Tools Checklist for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

Sensory Tools Checklist for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

Sensory Tools Checklist for Children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) can affect children in various ways, and each child may have unique needs when it comes to sensory input. To aid parents, caregivers, and educators in supporting children with SPD, we've compiled a comprehensive checklist of...
Top 25 toys and tools for sensory seekers (Neurodivergent Adults and Teenagers Edition)

Top 25 toys and tools for sensory seekers (Neurodivergent Adults and Teenagers Edition)

Top 25 toys and tools for sensory seekers (Neurodivergent Adults and Teenagers Edition) Here are 25 Toys and Tools for Neurodivergent Teenagers & Adults Fidget Spinners - These small toys are designed to keep fingers busy and provide sensory stimulation through spinning motion. Tangle Toys - Similar to fidget spinners,...

Collection: BODY MOVEMENT / AWARENESS, MOTOR PLANNING, AND BALANCE / COORDINATION

Sensory-Friendly Body Movement for Kids

Ensuring that children with sensory disorders are catered to and engaged in a positive, comfortable environment is essential in activities that stimulate body movement and awareness. Traditional activities can often be overwhelming, leading to overstimulation or discomfort for these children. Here are some sensory-friendly activities to promote body movement and awareness without sensory overload:

  • Crafting an Obstacle Course: Utilize sensory-friendly materials to create a playful and non-intrusive environment. Use soft fabrics to make tunnels, incorporate textured pathways for balance, and introduce scented markers or stickers at the finish line as added sensory incentives.
  • Teaching Calm Through Stretching: Engage in specially designed stretching sessions that emphasize gentle movements and deep breathing, using visual aids to illustrate each pose and calm-inducing music to provide a sense of routine and anticipation.
  • Expressive Dance and Movement Therapy: Offer classes that allow children to move freely in a non-judgmental space, where they can explore patterns of movement and rhythmic sensory inputs without strict instructions, creating an outlet for self-expression and body coordination in a controlled setting.
  • Swinging and Rhythmic Activity: Provide swings and hammocks that offer steady, rhythmic rocking which can be comforting to many children with sensory disorders. This constant motion can work as a grounding technique during moments of overstimulation, while outdoor games like hopscotch can also be rhythmically soothing.
  • Fostering Listening Skills Through Play: Enjoy simple games like Simon Says or Red Light, Green Light, which not only require listening but also encourage large motor movements. By making the instructions clear and predictable, these activities can help in developing listening awareness and body coordination.

Each of these activities can be adapted to individual needs, and it's important to stay mindful of a child's comfort level and cues. By providing a range of options, children can engage with their environment on their terms, fostering a sense of well-being and promoting developmental milestones in a way that is both enjoyable and beneficial.