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Worth Repeating - Fifteen Practical Sensory Strategies

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by Lauren H. Kerstein, LCSW

Many children struggle with sensory challenges. Some receive a diagnosis of Sensory Integration Disorder or Sensory Processing Disorder while others have never been formally diagnosed. It can be quite helpful to put interventions in place for children who are struggling in order to help them function throughout their day regardless of whether or not they have been formally diagnosed. One such helpful intervention is called a “sensory diet” which was introduced Patricia Wilbarger, M.Ed, OTR, FAOTA (1991). A “sensory diet” isn’t about a fad diet but rather about adding activities throughout the day that can support a child’s sensory system and ability to regulate his/her body. We, as adults, put things in place all of the time throughout our day to regulate our bodies automatically. We drink coffee, sip from bottles of water, chew gum, suck on mints, eat, eat some more, stretch and make extra trips to the bathroom. These are all ways in which we regulate our bodies. Our children need these strategies as well, but need a bit of assistance to implement them. It can typically be helpful to incorporate sensory strategies into your day approximately every two to three hours. The good news is that there are many strategies that are easy to use and implement at that frequency. The following are fifteen practical ways to assist your child with managing their sensory system that fit within the hectic lives we lead as parents:

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