How to Provide a Functional Home Environment for your Sensory Seeking Child

Have you ever asked yourself what type of environment can help your sensory seeking child pay attention and behave more appropriately? The following strategies can help increase your child’s attention, facilitate appropriate behavior, increase organization, and prevent over-stimulation.

Proprioceptive: Make tools available for heavy work activities such as a climbing a rope or riding a bicycle.

Tactile: For tactile sensory seekers, organize your environment so that items the child uses routinely provide tactile stimulation such as textured bath mats.

Vestibular: Make equipment available that provides purposeful movement requiring an organized response such as a swing. Have your child swing and aim for a target.

Visual: Maintain organization by labeling drawers, placing toys in containers to minimize clutter, and using muted colors. .

Auditory: Provide a steady background of quiet sounds such as classical music.

Oral: Provide foods with intense tastes.

If you have any questions, please contact an occupational therapist at CSLOT who can assist you with making environmental changes in your home to support your child.

-Anna Lisa Matudio, M.S., OTR/L

References:

Miller, L.J. (2007). Sensational Kids. New York, N.Y.: Penguin Group, Inc.

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