Sensory Avoiders are oftentimes overly sensitive to situations and experiences and may exhibit sensory input more intensely than others. A hypersensitive child receives too much information through their senses. This causes the brain to become so overloaded with sensations that the person sees, hears, feels, smells and tastes in ways that are more extreme than others. For example, those with hypersensitivity may have extreme responses to loud noises, and/or be distracted by background noises that others are not. These children may avoid hugs or any other types of physical contact (even with familiar adults), or be extremely fearful of an activity that requires their feet to be off the ground.
Sensory avoiders may turn away from sensory experiences that others seem to tolerate with ease. This could include experiences with a good deal of noise, or other experiences where there may be a high intensity of other sensory inputs involving smell, touch, or even visual stimulation.
A sensory diet is a personal schedule of sensory activities that give the child the sensory input they need to handle their everyday lives. The use of a sensory diet will help your child function well at school, home, and everywhere in between so they can successfully learn and socialize.
Sensory diet’s work to regulate alertness and improve attention span. Sensory diets help to limit sensory seeking and avoiding behaviors as well as works to improve transitions so the child has less stress and anxiety. Creating a good sensory diet involves all the senses that are involved in sensory processing disorder such as, sight, sound, taste, smell, feel, vestibular, and proprioception.
Do you have a child who is uncomfortable with textures? maybe they dislike the feel of clothing, or struggle with textures of different foods, or even engaging with certain play materials?
Maybe you've heard that sensory play is the key to helping children overcome these types of sensory issues, but you're not sure where to begin. You know what your child needs but are unable to pinpoint the type of play therapy that is best suited to meet their unique sensory challenges and specific goals.
Sensory Together is on a mission to provide kids with sensory play, but in a way that allows them to engage without becoming more hyperactive, anxious, and/or dysregulated. We provide you with expertly selected materials paired with play-based plans that show you how to engage your child without adding more stressors. The result? Progress in development, self-regulation and an increased sense of calm.
If your child is uncomfortable with texture, you can help your child conquer their discomfort through non-threatening, guided sensory play. Engaging with a variety of textures helps desensitize the body and make the experience of textures less threatening and aversive. At Sensory Together, we create enticing, playful, themed kits, to help your child engage in desensitizing sensory play. As a bonus, since our kits are all "hands on", our materials foster the development of age expected hands skills as well.