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How to a Prepare a Child with Sensory Processing Disorders to be Ready for School

How to a Prepare a Child with Sensory Processing Disorders to be Ready for School

6 School Tips Sensory Processing Weecare

A typical school environment can be sensory overload for your child. There are several transitions that a child has to go through, along with, handling several times during the day where the auditory stimulus escalates. Preparing your child’s sensory system before they get to school can be a great way to prepare him for optimum learning.

Below are some tips to help get them sensory ready for the school day:

1)     Having your child wake up to calming/alerting music and gradually increasing the lights.

2)     Provide a deep pressure massage or give them movement input (bear crawls, crab crawls, donkey kicks, jumping jacks, jump on a trampoline, swinging)

3)     If your child is sensitive to touch or certain fabrics, having them wear tagless shirts or compression shirts. Turning socks inside out can also be a big help

4)     Oral input provided in the morning can be very helpful to help regulate a child’s system. Using a vibrating toothbrush or the Z-Vibe gives great input to your child. Y-Chews are also great and can also be given to used during the school day. If your child continues to seek oral input throughout the school day, giving them crunch snacks throughout the day and chewable jewelry can help his system to stay regulated throughout the school day.

5)     Bringing a Move’n'sit to school gives vestibular input throughout the day.

6)     Fidgets that the teacher can give to your child can help your child’s day run smoothly.  They can be a huge help with restless fingers! Here are some great examples that you can put in your child’s backpack.

  1. Silly Putty
  2. Flex toy
  3. Finger squeezers
  4. Fidgeting foot band

Lastly, it is important to be open with your child’s teacher and make sure you keep an open dialogue. Your child may need sensory movement breaks before a sedentary task or they may need a 5-10 minute break in a quiet space after gym or lunch. You want to make sure everyone involved in your child’s care during the school day is aware of their sensory needs so that they can have the most successful and productive day!

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