Are you in a funk with your sensory kid?
There have been seasons in my son’s life when sensory meltdowns happen more frequently, and we naturally tend towards unhealthy habits because of the turmoil of sensory processing disorder.
Unfortunately, these habits add to worse sensory processing and more meltdowns!
It’s a negative cycle, but it can be broken!
3 Ways to Turn Things Around for Your Sensory Kid
When our family seems to be in an extra rough period, our schedule is usually out of whack, or I’ve been extra lax with our routine.
As you probably know, kids thrive when they know what to expect. Kids with sensory needs especially struggle feeling that the world is out of control, so structuring the day can help immensely.
But if you’re a spontaneous, “Type B” gal like me, a strict schedule can make you bristle. Instead of planning out every minute of your day, work instead towards having a rhythm.
Have an order to your day, a predictable pattern. No need to be a slave to the clock. And remember, every day doesn’t have to be the same either. A weekly rhythm is far more reasonable and realistic for us spur of the moment folks.
Remember to display and talk about this rhythm with your child OFTEN! Even pre-readers can use these FREE printable schedule cards and give their input on how your order your free time!
Have you noticed an uptick in sensory issues during different times of the year? Often times this is due to lack of time outside.
The outdoors is a treasure trove of sensory input opportunities. Tactile input and glorious smells surround us, as well as all the chances to give the body proprioceptive and vestibular input via gross motor activity.
But even beyond the sensory input, the calming effect of nature is undeniable. Studies have consistently shown the benefits to stress levels, heart rates, mood and hormones!
So make it a goal to get outside every day, even if it’s just a five minute walk or sitting in the driveway looking at the clouds!
Do a Sensory Activity
While I know my child needs to get regular sensory input geared towards his particular needs, I often forget to make it a priority during the hecticness of life.
Want to be more consistent with sensory activities?
- Know how to turn everyday life activities into sensory activities.
- Have a massive arsenal of sensory activities in your head so you can keep things, fresh, fun, and uncomplicated.
P.S. If you’re wondering what is THE most effective sensory activity to prevent meltdowns with your unique child, take this quick, free, informative quiz. I created it to help you get started in the right direction!