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Providing a Functional Home Environment for Your Sensory Seeking Child

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY STAFF
October 16, 2019

For all of us, the details of our environment can impact how we function at work and at home. For a child who seeks sensory input, the type of stimulation in his environment can have a significant impact on his attention and behavior.

The following strategies can help increase your child’s attention, facilitate appropriate behavior, increase organization, and prevent over-stimulation. Each suggestion lists the sensory system to which the change has the greatest impact.

Proprioceptive: Make tools available for heavy work activities such as climbing a rope or riding a bicycle.

Tactile: For tactile sensory seekers, organize your environment so that items the child uses routinely provide tactile stimulation such as textured bath mats.

Vestibular: Make equipment available that provides purposeful movement requiring an organized response such as a swing. Have your child swing and aim for a target.

Visual: Maintain organization by labeling drawers, placing toys in containers to minimize clutter, and using muted colors.

Auditory: Provide a steady background of quiet sounds such as classical music.

Oral: Provide foods with intense tastes.

If you would like more help in making environmental changes in your home to support your sensory-seeking child, contact us and one of our occupational therapists can assist you.

Reference

Miller, L.J. (2007). Sensational kids. New York, NY: Penguin Group, Inc.

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