Another great tidbit from Sensational Kids:
…”heavy work” is a term applied to any activity that engages the muscles and joints of the proprioceptive system…stimulating the proprioception can generate calming messages to the brain.
Dr. Miller describes how carrying a stack of books to a classroom is calming to a child who finds the stimulation of school to be overwhelming. She also discusses the lack of heavy work in the lives of children today. As children grow more sedentary, and often do not ride their bikes to school, play outdoors in their neighborhoods, or do farm chores, we have to create “heavy work” for them.
…Heavy work is one of the most important components of a complete and healthy sensory diet.
Just today my friend Signe and I were talking about the upcoming summer and how we want to keep our kids busy, happy, and productive. She made the comment that at least our family has a lot of yard work. I guess I should be thankful. Maybe her kids need to plant a big vegetable garden at my house.
I’m almost inclined to encourage Russ to get more cows…Eby would love carrying hay and grain to them and it is definitely “heavy work”.
Question: What “heavy work” activities do your kids do? Do you find that “heavy work” is calming to them?
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