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Occupational Therapy Guidance and Activity Suggestions for Parents during C-19 Lockdown, or at Any Time!

Occupational Therapy Guidance and Activity Suggestions for Parents during C-19 Lockdown, or at Any Time!

Sensory Play Recipes

Messy Play is a wonderful way to develop fine motor skills and explore sensory experiences, as well as promote calm and enhance well-being for many.

 

Making sensory play resources yourself can be even more fun!

They create additional learning opportunities to develop skills such as following instructions. They also provide enjoyment and promote participation in shared interaction experiences.

 

To support our students, parents and carers, our Occupational Therapist has created a number of symbolised Recipes, Vocabulary boards and discussion cards for accessible sensory-based activities.  They include:

 

  The Power of Play

Play is one of the primary occupations of childhood and helps us learn so many essential sensory, motor and cognitive skills. Through their new online Power of Play Hub, Great Ormond Street Hospital is now offering, on their website, lots of simple play ideas for stay safe, stay home times.

If the link above does not work, go to:

https://www.gosh.org/power-of-play-hub

 

Sensory Yoga for Self-Regulation in the Classroom or at Home

To support our students’ general well-being and self-regulation some classes at Milestone have been introduced to ‘mindfulness’ using sensory yoga. When children or young people are beyond their own capacity to contain and control themselves, it can be because they are too tired, too dehydrated, too over-stimulated or too over-whelmed.

 

When the nervous system goes into overload we can see the resulting distress behaviours. It is not always possible to pre-empt or foresee triggers or to avoid out-of-control meltdowns. However, Sensory Yoga, is a simple physical activity, that can help students (and parents and carers!) de-stress, calm, feel balanced and ‘grounded’. A few basic yoga poses and simple breathing techniques, practiced regularly, (together with other strategies in the ‘tool kit’), can be effective in enabling our children to build resilience and self-regulation.

 

Sensory Yoga can be done at home with your child, not just at school, and so offers an activity that can support your mutual regulation. But by providing your child with the physical ‘tools’ it can help to slow, settle and re-set the mind-body state.

 

Taken from the book ‘Sensory Yoga for Kids’ by Britt Collins, we are providing you here with a short introductory sequence of sensory yoga poses to try at home. They are designed to promote calm and ease anxiety and can be particularly helpful for our students with autism.

 

Please click here for the downloadable sheet:  Sensory Yoga Sequence (Short) Anxiety, Calming, ASD

 

Sleep and Sensory Processing: A Guide for Parents

Research shows a significant link between sleep behaviours and patterns and the way bodies experience sensory stimuli or sensations. Children with sensory processing difficulties are more likely to have challenges falling asleep, staying asleep, and/or being comfortable while sleeping. This guide by the Spiral Foundation contains useful explanations and tips.

If the link above does not work, go to:

https://thespiralfoundation.org   and search for Sleep and Sensory Integration

 

 

 

Created: May 2020

Karen Al Khina