Thursday, January 9, 2014

Understanding Sensory Needs

As an SLP I understand that you won't see much growth in speech/language skills if a child's sensory needs aren't being met.  I rely on OTs, classroom teachers and parents to give me suggestions on how to regulate a child's sensory system so they can get the most out of our speech therapy sessions.  I've learned some great tips over the years, but I'm always looking for more.  I recently came across a blog written by a registered OT called A Sensory Life.

"When there is a greater understanding of sensory needs and differences, a transformation and shift in how one perceives the challenges can make all of the difference in behavior, development, and quality of life for a child".  -Angie Voss, OTR 

This site is a great resource for parents, therapists and teachers.  I especially enjoyed this video of a child explaining Sensory Processing Disorder.  Obviously, not all our special needs children will be able to articulate their sensory issues like this little boy, but it offers a great perspective from somone who lives it everyday.

We'd love to hear the creative ways you help your children deal with sensory issues.  Please share your ideas in the comments below.

Sarah's son made his own hammock using a bed sheet and his bunk bed.  It was quite impressive, but safety concerns prevented it from being used as much as he would have liked. 

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