By Laurie Anderson, Occupational Therapist
Pediatric occupational therapy helps children who have physical, sensory or cognitive problems, and can help children gain independence in all areas of their lives: play, self-cares, social interactions and many other daily activities.
At CP we see many children with sensory processing issues. Sensory processing issues can effect a child's emotional response to daily demands, attention, or motor coordination needed for daily activities. We address this through sensory activities which seem like play. Sensory activities can be even more beneficial during the winter months due to the lack of day light and opportunities for active play.
Here are some of my favorite amazon finds for improving a child's ability to sit and attend with decreased emotional response.
This is the sensation of any change in position, direction or movement of the head. Movement games can assist in improved attention and decreased emotional outbursts.
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Rocking Chair | https://amzn.to/3XurlM8
This includes the movement of muscles and joints which leads to improved attention, and decreased emotional outbursts.
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Body Sock | https://amzn.to/3QJR7cS
Discovery Putty | https://amzn.to/3CTzfX8
Hand held toys that can calm and decrease stress. They are able to be used when needing to sit in one place.
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Slow unpredictable movement can be calming.
Liquid Motion Bubbler | https://amzn.to/3iKzDRc
Fish Glow Bubble Tube | https://amzn.to/3XwBwzw
Interested in learning more about occupational therapy or the therapy services offered at CP? Contact us at (920) 337-1122 or fill out this quick INFORMATION FORM at our website, wearecp.org.
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