Occupational Therapy (OT) Parent Workshop Our Lady of Good Counsel . Practical Sensory Strategies for Home and School Karen Barry 20 th November 2012. Role of the Occupational Therapist (OT) Sensory Processing Practical strategies/activities that you can carry out at home. .
Occupational Therapy (OT)
Our Lady of Good Counsel
Practical Sensory Strategies for Home and School
20th November 2012
Aims to maximise the child’s participation in age related occupations
and how a child’s performance of
these 3 factors influences their ability to learn and play.
The brain’s ability to effectively process information from our bodies and the which makes it possible to use our bodies effectively within the environment.
Information from our 7 senses goes to the brain, where it is organised and interpreted. As a result, plan of action is carried out in response e.g. when a feather tickles your hand you brush it off.
What are your sensory preferences?
What calms you?
What energises/stresses you?
Wet: shaving foam, finger painting etc
The vestibular system is our balance and movement sense. It tells us where our body is in relation to gravity, whether it is moving and how fast. It is important for posture, muscle tone and bilateral coordination.
Proprioception is the sense that gives us awareness of body position. Messages from the proprioceptors in the muscles and tendons let us know about our body position and force of movement.
Use activities that encourage child to push, pull, or carry heavy loads i.e., heavy work for the muscles.
- Carrying: books, backpack etc
-watering plants, hoovering, mixing dough
- opening doors for others
- lifting: laundry basket
-organising classroom space e.g. moving furniture
Important: The above activities provide enhanced sensory input: your child may not tolerate sensory input and hence need less. This may be a learning curve for you and your child. What calms/alerts your child? What if anything does your child seek/avoid? How can you use this information to help him/her in everyday activities?
Tactile and proprioceptive:
Safe things to chew including foods of various textures and resistance.