Most children love to seek out sensory feedback from their environment. For those that do not, we want to challenge them to experiment with sensory activities to the extent that sensory information will not be a barrier for them in life.
Some children have trouble focusing in school due to distracting sensory information – doors closing, chairs scraping along the floor, fluorescent lights bussing.
Or maybe it is the challenge of eating barbeque wings or corn on the cob with butter due to the inability to tolerate messy hands.
Are loud sounds so obnoxious that a parade or the circus is not a fun family event?
Consider the below sensory toys to give your child experiences such that they can work through and development a tolerance for sensory stimuli.
Spinning, rocking, swinging, vibration, bouncing, textures like sand, water and shaving cream, womb space like a tent or play house or body sox are all great sensory experiences for your child. Each experience is new and teaches the brain concepts needed to successfully confront the world.
Temperature, texture, sound, taste, brightness or darkness and movement are all examples of sensory experiences that your child needs to experience to grow and learn to accept these challenges as part of their environment. Having a mature sensory system will increase your child’s confidence as they will not fear any sensory stimuli.
Challenge your child (and maybe yourself) to be sure that all sensory experiences can be seen as fun or at least tolerable. This increases social opportunities for your child. For example, a child who does not like vibration may not learn to ride a bike. When his/her friends have mastered bike riding, the friends will take off on bikes leaving your child behind to come inside to play. You can work with your child to tolerate vibration and having feet off the ground as they grow in order to master later skills like bike riding.
Remember developmental skills build on each other. Keep exposing your child to new experiences so you can help mature their sensory systems.
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