Does your child struggle to get going in the morning, slow down at night or stay focused any time of day?
Whether we’re kids or grown-ups, we all find unique ways to calm ourselves, rouse ourselves or stay focused on a challenging task, and we use all our senses to do so. Whether we splash cold water on our face, listen to rock or Bach, go for a run, suck a peppermint, gnaw on our pencil (or our shirt, like Erin’s 5-year-old), we are creating a “sensory diet” for ourselves. This week Kate Biederman, an occupational therapist from St. David’s Center for Child & Family Development, joins Marti & Erin to shine light on how we can be more aware and intentional in helping our children find the “sensory diet” that will allow them to be their best at home, school or on a trip to the mall. In helping our children do this, we are sure to help ourselves as well!
Think about a recent day when you were at your best; what was your “sensory diet” on that day in terms of sights, sounds, tastes, touch and movement? Now think about your child and what sensory experiences seem most effective in helping him or her start the day strong, handle a difficult situation or settle down at bedtime. What will help your child be well-regulated, energetic, relaxed and focused? Please share your thoughts in our REPLY space!
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