My favorite activity for sensory seekers

autism_sensory_seekingA few days ago, I shared a post with you explaining what it means to have a sensory kid. You can click here to read that post. 

Today, I want to talk with you about the phrase, “sensory seeking.” Sensory seeking takes many forms and shapes. Children who crave or seek sensory input may bite or hit themselves, bump into people and furniture, jump up and down often, purposely fall on the floor, or even crash into pillows.

When I work with families, I always make customized recommendations based on my observations. I want to share with you one of my favorite activities for your sensory seeking child, creating a crash course! Oh, just think of all the fun your child is about to have.

Here’s what you can do if you think your child is a sensory seeker. In a safe area in your home, place bean bags and pillows in the corner. If your child enjoys music, play some fun songs. Model this activity for him, although he is most likely going to figure it all out on his own. Fall down into the bean bags and pillows. Jump up, and crash into them. Run and and fall down. Encourage your child to copy you.

The reason this activity is so wonderful and helpful is because your child is receiving input to his joints and muscles in a fun and safe environment. When you create a space for your child, and he knows where to go when he is feeling a sensory seeking urge, you are helping him get his needs met. You are also teaching him appropriate alternatives to inappropriate behaviors.

Here’s the thing about sensory behaviors. Your child is going to figure out a way to help himself. However, this way of self-soothing may not be safe or appropriate. When you provide your child with a sensory space, like a crash pad, you are teaching him how he can safely assist himself. Self-regulation, knowing what your body needs, and how to safely meet that need is an incredibly valuable life-skill that is worth teaching.

I will be talking in-depth and teaching you even more strategies and activities in my upcoming Sensory Club for parents. I will be talking with parents about:

1. Food challenges

2. Itchy scratchy clothing

3. Handling getting dirty

4. What is stimming and is it okay?

5. Creating a sensory area

6. Handling sensory seeking behavior (like squeezing, biting, bumping into walls and furniture)

7. Sensory activities for school, and

8. Handling sensory overwhelm in public

The doors to the Sensory Club are now open. If you are interested in joining us, click here!

 

The Sensory Club

For parents who are trying to help their children with autism navigate an overwhelming sensory world.

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