Sensory Integration: the neurological process that organizes sensation from one’s own body and from the environment and makes it possible to use the body.
There are several areas of sensory integration:
Oral: Children with oral defensiveness dislike or avoid certain textures or types of food.
They may be over or under sensitive to spicy or hot foods; avoid putting objects in their mouth; and/or intensely dislike tooth brushing or face washing. Some have had a variety of feeding problems since infancy. Activities should be fun and may include:
- Experiment with: fruit roll-ups, a fruit popsicle with gummy bears, Dum-Dum suckers, Cheetos, cold orange slices (sucking), a yogurt shake with straws, Cheerios, chocolate sauce, slurping noodles, pickles, Jell-O Jigglers, frozen orange slices, ice-pops, etc.
- Experiment with Nuks and marshmallow paste, Nuks and peanut butter, Nuks and salsa, Nuks and cranberry sauce, etc.
- Experiment with vibrators/nectar or pudding, bubbles, whistles, squiggle pens, sticky paper (licking), blowing ping-pong balls, flashlights, faces in mirror, blowing feathers, etc.
Tactile: Children with tactile defensiveness avoid letting others touch them and would rather touch others. Keep Reading…