Previously, I talked about behaviors often displayed by people who are sensitive to sensory input. Today I will provide some strategies to help your child cope with experiences they find unpleasant. Some children are
very sensitive to clothing. If clothing is bothersome for your child, here are a few ideas to try: remove any tags that may irritate their skin, try more snug fitting clothing, try loose fitting clothing, try seamless socks, be aware of certain fabrics that may bother your child. Some children are very sensitive to noises. When they are going to be somewhere that has the potential to be loud, try bringing small headphones so they can listen to music they find enjoyable. You may have to experiment with different headphones to find ones they find comfortable. It
might also be beneficial to introduce the headphones and music at home, when they are not upset by a noisy environment. Some children may be sensitive to touch. Talk to family and friends prior to a get together and explain that hugs or high fives make your child uncomfortable. Teach your child a special wave
they can do instead. Some children may avoid getting their hands messy. Respect this preference. Do not force them to play with items they find unpleasant. However, it is ok to expose them to different opportunities. You may present them with a play activity such as play doh or “goop”, but if they do not want to touch it, that is ok. Again, if you are in need of some specific strategies, please private message Bringing Therapy Home and we will brainstorm ideas together!
~Sarah Eller, occupational therapist
Daily tips, activities, and suggestions on how to naturally embed speech, language, play, fine motor, gross motor, and cognitive skills into your child's day, often using the materials already found in your home environment.
Marena Mitchell is a speech-language pathologist