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Sensory Strategies for Children

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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…

Improving Your Child’s Grasp

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Tripod grasp:

The most functional grasp for writing, according to teachers and occupational therapists, is the dynamic tripod grasp. The pencil rests on the first joint of the middle finger with the thumb and index finger holding the pencil in place. The wrist is slightly extended and the forearm rests on the table. The child may need encouragement to use small localized movement of finger joints rather than large arm movements.

To promote the dynamic tripod grasp, encourage the child to flex the ring and little fingers into the palm of the hand. Try giving the child a quarter, marble, small piece of paper or other item to hold with those two fingers in their palm while they write using only the thumb, index, and middle fingers.

Ask the child to make an “O” or “C” shape when they pinch the pencil.

Activities that improve grasp:

Use playdough for pinching and rolling small pieces to strengthen the thumb and fingers. (Use the thumb pad and the pad of the index finger) Keep Reading…