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How to Tame Your Sensory Seeker

Jun 22nd, 2018 | by Napa Team
Napa Team

Napa Team

June 22nd, 2018

Children who have sensory processing difficulties may move around a lot, which can get them into trouble. But the reason they never seem to slow down is because their bodies are telling them they need to move, move, move!
Kids with sensory processing difficulties also have decreased awareness of vestibular and/or proprioceptive input. They typically will have poor balance, coordination, and awareness of their body in space. To compensate for this, they often seek out lots of input to give their bodies more feedback to these systems. They’ll do this by jumping, spinning, swinging, crashing, squishing and other movements.

More About The Vestibular and Proprioceptive Senses

Everyone knows that we humans have five senses – vision, hearing, smell, touch, and taste. But did you know that we also have vestibular and proprioceptive senses?

The vestibular sense is the ability to sense movement and balance. Sensors in the ear send feedback to the brain to tell us the direction and speed of movement at any point in time. The vestibular system works with the visual system to keep us upright and balanced when standing or moving.

Proprioception is the ability to know where our body is in space. Feedback from the muscles and joints helps us keep a good sense of position even when we’re not looking. If you were to close your eyes and have someone move your arm, you would know exactly what position it was in, even without looking. That’s your proprioceptive system at work!

Try These Five Techniques to Help Calm Your Child’s Sensory Seeker

  • Use an air cushion for movement while your child stays seated during school work
  • Have your child perform work activities like pushing a shopping cart, carrying groceries, or pulling a wagon
  • Encourage them to play on the playground on climbing equipment or by sliding or swinging
  • Encourage them to swing or jump with consistent, rhythmic patterns
  • Let them squish in big pillows for whole body input

NAPA Center Has Innovative Therapies for Children with Sensory Processing Difficulties

At NAPA Center, we take an individualized approach to therapy because we understand that each child is unique with very specific needs. We embrace differences with an understanding that individualized programs work better. For this reason, no two therapeutic programs are alike. If your child needs services, we will work closely with you to select the best therapies for them, creating a customized program specific to your child’s needs and your family’s goals. Let your child’s journey begin today by contacting us to learn more.

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