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Home Strategies for Sensory Processing Issues

Home Strategies for Sensory Processing Issues

As the parent of a child with sensory processing issues, you are the best person to identify your child’s needs. While some children are easily overwhelmed by too much stimulation, others just can’t seem to get enough input from jumping, spinning and running. Yet, the one thing that all parents of kids with sensory issues know is that finding the right solution to prevent meltdowns feels like you’ve hit the jackpot. You can use this list of home strategies for sensory processing issues to try out a few new ways to help your child learn to regulate their responses to different forms of stimulation at home. 

Make Sensory Slime 
The slime trend is still going strong, and kids who crave sensory input love the cool, slippery texture. While you can find kits to make slime at the local craft store, you may already have the basic ingredients to try out this recipe at home. This simple recipe only requires three basic ingredients, and your kid can do most of the measuring and mixing with your help. To start, all you need to do is mix six ounces of white or colored school glue with a ½ Tablespoon of baking soda. Then, add a ½ Tablespoon of saline contact solution and mix until it forms a ball. At this point, you can add glitter, food coloring or small beads to add texture. Finally, have your child knead the mixture until it turns into putty. If your child enjoys the putty, then keep it close by at home for times when they need some help with self-regulation. 

Find the Right Fit 
Clothing battles are pretty common for kids with sensory processing issues. For some children, the irritating scratchiness of a seam is all it takes to make it feel impossible to think. For others, the gentle pressure of compression wear helps them to meet their higher need for sensory input. Either way, try experimenting with different types of clothing such as seamless socks and compression shirts until you find what works best for helping your child stay calm. 

Create a Crash Pad 
According to Child Mind Institute, kids who are hyposensitive need opportunities to fulfill their affinity for more sensory stimulation. If one of your biggest problems is that your child is constantly jumping on furniture or running through the house, then a crash pad is the solution. Crash pads can be as simple as an old mattress placed in a safe area of your house, or you could make your own using fabric and cushion materials. Even some carefully placed old couch cushions can work as a crash pad. Be sure to set a few ground rules when you set it up; giving your child a safe place to jump and crash around helps them control their behavior. 

Over time, you will eventually learn exactly what types of stimulation are the best fit for your child. Until then, you can use these tips to start a sensory plan that helps your child learn how to regulate their needs for stimulation.

 

SOURCES:

  1. https://childmind.org/article/sensory-processing-faq/
  2. https://www.openaccessgovernment.org/sensory-processing-disorder-children/40427/

 

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