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Is your child always moving, jumping on the furniture, spinning in circles, and wiggling in his seat? Or how about covering her ears because the room is too loud and begging to have the tags cut out of her shirts?
Your child is most likely not “hyper,” “picky,” or “difficult.” He may have sensory challenges, or even Sensory Processing Disorder.
She may be a sensory seeker or sensory avoider. It seems to me that most kids show signs of both – he hates loud noises, but can’t get enough of jumping on the trampoline. She won’t wear socks because they “hurt her feet,” but she has to chew gum while doing homework in order to stay calm and still.
One of my children has significant sensory challenges we’ve spent years sorting through. For a long time, we wrongly attributed behaviors to attachment or behavior problems until a therapist who was working with one of our other children said, “Does that happen often?” as she observed him interact with me.
She asked questions about a variety of other behaviors I had never linked together, and then suggested an evaluation by a pediatric occupational therapist. That was an important turning point for us.
We had a new way of looking at our child that relieved some of our concerns. There were explanations for behaviors we hadn’t been able to figure out.
We also had practical tools and new approaches to help him in simple ways that made life easier for all of us.
These toys and tools are some of the best that worked (and continue to work) for us or for our friends. Click on the photos for details or to order through Amazon.
You’ll find some of my favorite books on Sensory Processing Disorder on my Resources page.
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If you have others toys, tools, or books to recommend, please leave comments and I’ll try to add them to this post. Thanks!
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