In today’s webisode, a Pediatric Occupational Therapist gives our viewers practical tips on how to help a child who may experience Sensory Overload. Click here for more resources on Sensory Processing Disorder.
In This Video You Will Learn:
- Calming options for children with Sensory Overload
- What type of visuals you can use for a child with Sensory Overload
- Prepping strategies for children with Sensory Overload
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innovation to maximize your child’s potential. Now your host, here’s Robyn.
Robyn: Hello and welcome to Pediatric Therapy TV. I’m your host, Robyn
Today I’m standing here with Dana Pais, a pediatric occupational
therapist. Dana, can you give us some tips on how to help a
child who may have sensory overload?
Dana: Sure. When a child is experiencing sensory overload you want to
present them with a variety of calming options so that they can
choose. It could be deep breathing, or you can give them deep
pressure input such as a hug or joint compressions, or remove
them from the situation to a calm, dimly lit or quiet room.
Every child is different so you want to make sure you give them
a choice and see what works for them for a particular situation.
I’ve also suggested to families in the past that they carry a
picture menu card with them with all the different strategies on
there. When the situation happens you can show that to the child
and the child will have an easier time to pick what works for
Additionally, a strategy you can do to prep them for a situation
is to review what the situation may entail. For example, if
you’re going to a water park you can start talking about the
water park trip a week in advance. You can show them pictures of
the water park and you can talk about the sights, the sounds,
and the smells that they may experience when they’re there. You
can also visit the water park from the outside before your
actual trip so that they can know what to expect when they’re in
Robyn: Thank you so much, Dana, and thank you to our viewers. And
remember, keep on blossoming.
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