Are you a parent of a child with sensory processing disorder? If you fall into this category, you probably are already aware of the anxiety that comes along with many everyday activities. The good news is that there are several things you can do as a parent to help! Check out these fun sensory integration activities for children!
Children are creative by nature. They have wild imaginations, and it is incredible the kinds of things they can come up with from the usage of basic art supplies. Art is an excellent way for children to express themselves in a healthy and constructive manner. A box of crayons or markers is inexpensive but can keep a child entertained several hours at a time. You may even want to consider signing your child up for an art class. This can also be an excellent way for your child to make new friends by doing something they enjoy.
It is essential that a child gets to experience various forms of culture. One of the easiest ways to do this is to take your child age-appropriate movies, plays, or performances. Nowadays, some theatres and productions are sensory-friendly for children. In other words, children are allowed to cheer and make noises during the show. These kinds of shows appeal to parents because they are stress-free environments for them. They don’t need to worry about their children being a distraction for the show
Play With Animals
Sometimes, it can seem like it is impossible to get a child to relax. Most children are filled with endless amount of energy. As a parent, it is a good idea to have a few tricks up your sleeve! Studies have shown that children can benefit tremendously from the interaction with animals. You may be amazed what a trip to the local petting zoo can do to help your child to relax. Interaction with animals can be incredibly therapeutic for children with special needs. You may even want to consider getting your child a pet!
The Connections Therapy Center
The Connections Therapy Center serves families of children and adolescents with disabilities and special needs. We are a team of experts in the fields of pediatric speech, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, and behavioral sciences. As a team, we offer intensive hands-on therapy for children and adolescents, as well as informative and useful resources for families. If you are interested in learning more about what we can do to help your family, visit us online or give us a call at (202) 561-1110 (Washington, D.C. office) or (301) 577-4333 (Lanham office). Want to get more information on how to help your child thrive? Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and Pinterest.