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Help kids with SPD focus, be happier, and stay calm―60 activities for ages 3 to 12
When children are out of sync with their senses, navigating everyday life can be challenging. Children with sensory processing disorder (SPD) can have a harder time interacting with their teachers, peers, and even parents. Self-Regulation and Mindfulness Activities for Sensory Processing Disorder is full of advice, information, and activities that can help you understand SPD and help your child improve their sensory processing skills so they can thrive in their world.
Learn about how sensory processing disorder works in our bodies and what kinds of behavior children might exhibit when they’re struggling with it. Then, dive into fun and engaging activities that help your child achieve a balanced state of mind. With 60 different enjoyable exercises, you and your child will find games and experiences to do together that you love while you watch them build skills right in front of your eyes.
Inside Self-Regulation and Mindfulness Activities for Sensory Processing Disorder, you’ll find:
- Sensory smart―Understand sensory processing disorder and how your child feels when they’re out of sync.
- Focused fun―Discover creative and kid-friendly activities designed to specifically build self-regulation and mindfulness skills.
- Play to learn―Interactive games designed for all types of sensory processing challenges make this an ideal resource to fit the individual needs of your child.
Let these creative solutions to complex behaviors help you navigate raising children with sensory processing disorder.
From the Publisher
A few helpful activities inside:
Flying Saucer Ride
Activity Type: Mindfulness
Children love to go on an adventure. This activity takes the child on an adventure meditation into their inner awareness. Often children who are sensory over-responsive need assistance to examine who they are and how they feel. Remember that it’s easier to relax in a quiet space with dimmed lighting. This activity may be especially helpful before stressful events.
Activity Type: Gustatory, Oral motor, Proprioception
Under-responsive children often seek out oral input. They need more input in their mouths and may overstuff their mouths when eating. They may also chew on nonfood items like their clothes (for example, shirt collars or sleeves), which can be distressing to parents. This activity helps you provide your child with a piece of clothing that’s okay to chew on. It’s also easy to wash.
Activity Type: Heavy work, Proprioception, Upper-body strength
Isometric exercises are contractions of muscles where the body doesn’t noticeably move or change position. Chair push-ups help strengthen the body without the need to move around. This is an especially good activity in spaces that don’t allow for a lot of movement, such as in a classroom where the child is wiggly and therefore unable to concentrate.