Infants, Toddlers, & Preschoolers
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The first snow day is expected!
It’s fun to go outside – but if you can’t get outside, indoor activities that provide heavy work (proprioception) are great for keeping the kids regulated.
Think of activities where your child can:
push, pull, tug, lug, mush, mash, squish, drag, squeeze, jump, crash….
Build a Fort
Many kids will start to feel the stress of the change in routine, different foods/smells, noise, and the hub-bub of the holidays. Possible signs of this stress: meltdowns, stomach or headaches, or just plain irritable. Creating a cozy spot is great for the kids to “get away” from the hub-bub of the holidays. And building the fort provides great heavy work opportunities – moving furniture, carrying the bedding, lifting, pulling, pushing, tucking, etc. are all great input!
Indoor Obstacle Course
Create an obstacle course with steps like jumping over a pillow, crawling under a row of chairs, catching a weighted ball, or tossing balled up socks to a target or into a laundry basket. Feeling stuck for steps? Find objects to go over, under, around, and through. Make sure your child helps to set-up and clean-up for extra heavy work input.
Click here for downloaded copy to post or share: Things to Think About December Snow Day 2015
Halloween is a tricky time for kids with sensory difficulties!
AOTA (American Occupational Therapy Association) offers the attached Halloween Tips.
Click here for downloaded copy to post or share: Monthly Topic 2015 October AOTA Halloween Tips
Other suggestions that our parents have found helpful:
Wash the Clothes
It’s time for long sleeves and pants. But they have been in a plastic bag, bin, or untouched in a drawer for 5 months! Those of us with sensory sensitivities will be distressed or bothered by the “smell” of the clothes. Even though they are clean, give them a quick wash.
The kids have been in school for a month and the academic demands are really starting to kick in! Many kids will start to feel the stress of the increased pace and cognitive demands. Possible signs of this stress: meltdowns, stomach or headaches, or just plain irritable. Give them some down time when they come home in a cozy place, get outside and move around (even a walk is helpful to decompress), and don’t forget the heavy work activities to get calm and organized.
It’s Cold at Night!
We go to bed in summer pajamas and a light blanket but by the early morning hours, it gets cold! With the quick change in temperature, those with sensory sensitivities might not sleep well or may toss and turn trying to feel “grounded” in the bed. Make the bed a cozy place where the child can snuggle in and get comfy. Check with your therapist for age specific, safe ways to help your child get a good night’s sleep.
Click here for downloaded copy to post or share: Things to Think About October
CPT is always looking for ways to improve our services. Last year we began providing Monthly Topics on our website (http://centerforpediatrictherapy.com/whats-trending/monthly-topic/). These topics were designed to help families manage life events (e.g., long car trips, getting a haircut, indoor games for snowy days).
In our effort to support children with specialized therapeutic needs, their families, and the team of people involved in their care, CPT is pleased to announce our Article Alert Series. We will do the search for helpful articles, get permission to share the article with our families, and post for your use.
This month, August 2015, the chosen article was written by teachers for teachers on how to get ready for a child with sensory difficulties. In this article, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) offers suggestions for the classroom teacher. We would encourage you to share the article with your child’s teacher. If the teacher has any questions related to your child’s specific difficulties, simply have the teacher call the office to speak with your child’s therapist – and don’t forget to sign the permission form for your therapist to speak with the teacher!
Article Alert: Teachers Getting Ready
Click here to read the article: Monthly Topic 2015 August – Article Alert Meeting Sensory Needs in the Classroom
The National Association for the Education of Young Children holds the copyright for this material and it is freely available at: http://www.naeyc.org/yc/files/yc/file/201305/Meeting_Sensory_Needs_Thompson_0513.pdf
Neighborhood parties, community fireworks, grilling, and sparklers!
With the noise (booms, whistles, & pops), visual input (sudden flashes), unpredictable touch (crowds, people moving randomly), and different smells (picnic food, smoke from fireworks), children are prime for over-stimulation.
Click here to download a pdf of July’s Monthly topic: Monthly Topic 2015 – 4th of July
CPT is committed to helping your child “get ready” for upcoming developmental, physical, and social demands.
We are offering a variety of short-term, group sessions to address a variety of readiness skills.
Specific Flyers with dates and locations:
Summer Fun and Sports (July – Wallingford): Click here for Wallingford Summer Fun & Sports Flyer
Kindergarten Readiness (August – Fairfield): Click here for Fairfield Kindergarten Readiness Flyer
Kindergarten Readiness (August – Wallingford: Click here for Wallingford Kindergarten Readiness Flyer
Handwriting Readiness (August – Wallingford): Click here for Wallingford Handwriting Readiness Flyer
School Readiness (August – Wallingford): Click here for Wallingford School Readiness Flyer
If we haven’t listed what you are looking for in a short-term group,
please let us know what you need and we will attempt to arrange a group!
Many children find it difficult to tolerate haircuts.
With the auditory input (clippers & hairdryers), the visual input (large mirrors & styling tools),
the tactile input (water drips & trimmed pieces of hair), and the smells of a salon,
this environment is primed for over-stimulation.
Here are some tips to help with the next time your child gets a haircut.
Click here to download a pdf of November’s Monthly topic: Monthly Topic 2015 March
With the wintry temperatures and the early sunsets,
this time of year can be hard for children who crave proprioceptive input for regulation.
Proprioceptive input is provided via activities such as pushing, pulling, dragging,
squeezing, jumping, and crashing.
Here are some ways to get this input while indoors.
Click here to download a pdf of November’s Monthly topic: Monthly Topic 2015 February