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Using our senses, we process information from our environment and produce an adaptive response.For example, if you’re riding a bike, your body balances to avoid tilting over. Sometimes the body can’t easily interpret the information and respond appropriately to the situation. Sensory processing disorder is the clinical term though people often refer to sensory integration issues. known as sensory processing disorder. A child can be hyper and/or hypo sensitive to sensory information.
Sensory toys and therapy products are designed to help children adapt to environmental stimuli. Each child may be helped in different ways by the same sensory equipment. A child may crave movement or may have a fear of falling down. Riding the saddle scooter – which is very close to the ground – provides movement that also feels safe, building their confidence over time. And, scooter activities strengthen the lower extremities, a problem area for many children with sensory processing disorder.
Sensing where your body is in space – proprioception – is supported with weighted vests and shirts with deep compression which also help to calm and focus. Weights are placed on the larger muscle groups, including the shoulders, so it does not stress the body. The weighted cap has a calming effect by providing compression at the joints, and helps children who may otherwise bang their heads in search of spatial awareness.
Tactile sensitivity can be helped with seamless, tagless clothing made of organic cotton with a spandex blend for deep compression – and a calming hug. Our pediatric therapist can guide you on toys and clothing that support sensory integration.