My Child Has Sensory Processing Disorder, Now What?

6. MEET WITH AN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST (OT)

An occupational therapist will first evaluate your child to understand their specific needs. Some children need alerting activities, while others need calming activities. There are those who need to improve coordination, and others need spatial awareness.

They will then build a “sensory diet” based on those needs. A sensory diet is an activity plan that provides personalized sensory input your child needs to stay focused throughout the day.

Your Child’s OT might use Deep Pressure Therapy through the use of a weighted blanket or lap pad. Or vestibular activities such as cartwheels or swinging on a sensory swing. These activities organize your child’s brain and help reduce unwanted sensory seeking behaviors.

7. TALK WITH YOUR CHILD’S SCHOOL

Set up a meeting with your child’s teacher and school administrators. How is your child interacting with other students? Is he or she having meltdowns in class? Are there triggers at school that aren’t at home?

It is important to keep the lines of communication open between you and your child’s teacher. In this meeting, you can also discuss certain support and services that will benefit your child.

CONCLUSION

Some days are going to be hard. There are going to be tears, judgmental parents, and a lot of frustration. It is an endless struggle to avoid the next sensory meltdown.

But keep going. Your child is going to amaze you with their abilities and make you even prouder of the smallest accomplishments.

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