Sunday, November 15, 2015

5 Sensational Sensory Tips for that Special Child

Does your child fidget a lot possibly in the classroom or even when required to sit for any length of time? Have you ever thought maybe it is not ADD(attention deficit Disorder), but rather a sensory deficit?

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Do you know the value of sensory activities for your children? How many children have been misdiagnosed and then medicated unnecessarily? You want to get a correct diagnosis from your doctor. If you have observed your child, you may find that there are sensory items that can help your child.

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Types of Sensory

Did you know that sensory processing may include lighting, smell, and touching and feeling? Yes that is according to sensory processing disorder.com.

1. Fidgeting

Does your child fidget in the classrom such as tipping the chair or tapping her pencil on the desk? According to Rachael at adventuresinwunderland.com your child may have a need to fidget. She further adds that such tools such as pipe cleaners, silly putty, sensory bracelets may be helpful to help your child in the classroom. This does make sense. I have seen children that seemingly could not sit still and some had been labeled with ADD (attention deficit disorder). Could they possibly have been misdiagnosed and medicated unnnecessarily? It does make you wonder.

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2. Sensory Play Activities

Sensory play is important for child development. Learning4kids.net further added that coloring rice, rice and ice, bottle top and bubble baths are awesome sensory activities. In fact, I recall one of my children loving to play and dig in the sand. She could get quite messy and dirty, but seemed to just love it. I also recalled attending the children's museum where there was a water and bubble display. The children loved putting their hands in the water and getting wet.

3. Sea Life

Below is a video from Sea Life in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The great thing about the hands on at Sea Life is that everything that you see in the video below could be touched. Children love putting their hands in the water and actually touching the creatures. This was an awesome experience. I even enjoyed it probably more than the children.

there are several colorful videos that aide in sensory visualization. The fish and their surroundings are quite colorful and delightful to the eyes.

4. Sensory Game

Jill at http://amomwithalessonplan.com/sense-of-touch-mystery-bag/ talks and illustrates the sensory mystery game. I just love that. She mentions how she chooses about 10 items to put in a bag. Then the child with eyes clothes would feel and item and attempt to guess what the item was. Hints could be given too. She also, discussed how the item felt.

5. Lego Calming Down Jars

This sensory activity can be found at http://lemonlimeadventures.com/lego-calm-down-jar/. Directions are given how to make this jar. This jar is a mixture of glue, glitter, warm water, and your child's favorite toy. This activity provides visual and tactile stimulation. What other sensory activities or toys do you like?

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  1. I used to work in the special education field. Your tips are great! Happy to be next to you at Good Morning Monday.

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