Ms. Devika ,Occupational Therapist with Team Autism Connect Association
Sachin, a six year old little boy diagnosed as autism came to me with his mother. His mother sitting next to me had lots of worries which she wanted to rule out.
“My child is having trouble in school with poor sitting tolerance,increased hyperactivity like jumping running, breaking things and of course poor attention and concentration…”- Mother continued.
Oh Yeah! I observed the child; my evaluation determined that his extreme sensitivity to the sensory input was one of the root cause of all these issues. I explained to the mother that your child is in need of sensory diet and the mother started noting down my points.
With a gentle smile, I started explaining in a more easier way, “ your child appears clumsy, not regulating his arousal level, breaks things often, bumps into people and wall and of course poor attention and concentration. The thing is, he may seem like a crasher, fearless and jumpy but it is the way he himself calms down or meets his sensory needs.
We decided to plan out his sensory diet so that to change the way of the child’s (brain) interpretation to these sensory information.
Given below are some activities (part of sensory diet) which we had suggested for the child:
- Wheelbarrow walk relays
- Pushing pulling activities- room arranging
- Watering plants
- Trampoline jumping
- Jump rope
- Jumping bag
- Riding bicycles
- Motor planning activities
- Playing basket balls
- Swing activities
- ‘Sandwich’ activities
- Joint compressions
Keep in mind, the type of activities, timing and duration is most effective when directed by a professional (such as an Occupational Therapist) knowledgeable about this type of sensory input.
It is also important to note which activities calm your child, arouse them, or over arouse them. This is very unique to each individual and must be observed and treated as such!