There is a lot of research out there for sensory processing.
Sensory Processing is the way in which our 8 Senses are processed in our bodies
to help us effectively use our body within the environment
We all know our 5 senses, but do you know;
Proprioceptive- Awareness of the movement and position of our bodies
Vestibular- Position of the body that controls balance and eye movements
Interception- A fairly new internal sensation, to understand and feel what is going on inside your body, e.g the need to go toilet, or that you feel hungry.
How do I know my child struggles with sensory processing?
Challenges focusing and holding attention
Demonstrates inappropriate behaviour in multiple environments
Showing a lot of energy
Showing to be underactive and easily tired
Difficulty learning and retaining learnt skills
Dislikes participating in group activities
Dislikes large crowds and groups of people
Challenges with social skills and peer interactions
Shows heightened anxiety in a range of areas.
What can I do?
Observe and take notes of your child's daily sensory behaviours, e.g are they seeking, or avoiding certain sensations
Seek support from an Occupational Therapist
Provide more sensory based play in your daily routine
If you have any questions about your child or a child you may work with around their sensory processing needs, please do not hesitate to give me a call 02102915235 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Social interactions are about relating to others and engaging with them, it is an important component of human instinct.
Children learn social interactions through playing and interacting with peers and adults. Play provides children with opportunities to learn and practise new cognitive and social skills in a fun, safe and supportive environment.
Using play allows the child to feel a sense of motivation, achievement, challenge and working other body tasks, such as cognitive, fine motor skills, speech and observing.
Some children with Autism usually have challenges with social interactions and engaging with others, children may not join in with others who are not playing by the rules, do not share or are unable to communicate with others.
Some suggest that children with Autism may be less likely to engage with others in play and social opportunities due to,
There is also evidence to support that children with ASD can learn social interaction strategies and be able to engage in play activities.
Like their peers, siblings and classmates that develop skills in a developmental sequence, it may not be at time same time however it is important that play mirrors this. Some children may need coaching to support them playing with others.
To develop social interactions a professional, teacher or therapist may look into your child’s play stage, interests, activities they enjoy, social opportunities, and individual skills for each opportunity.
Social interactions and social skills is offered at Connecting Together, if you have any concerns for your child’s play, and social interactions at home, day-care or school please reach out and contact Connecting Together for support.
Poroporoaki hoki inaianei,
Melissa Walker-Tate (Occupational Therapist).
Connecting Together Ltd.