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Sensory Strategies

From everyday challenges like holding a pencil to seasonal struggles like finding a comfortable Halloween costume, kids with sensory integration problems need imaginative strategies and solutions. These tips, tools and techniques will help you be your child's best resource.
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Sensory Integration Tools and Toys
A listing of sites that offer products to help children with sensory integration problems.

Create a "Sensory Bag"
In an excerpt from the book "Understanding Sensory Dysfunction, authors Polly Godwin Emmons and Liz McKendry Anderson suggest packing a bag full of sensory tools to keep with your child in case of sensory overload or under-stimulation.

Dress for Less Stress
If you or your child's teacher spend a lot of time warning against chewing or slipping or untying or dirtying or other mussings of outfits, think about how you might change your child's clothes to make those behaviors less troublesome or noticeable. Consider these eight style switches for starters.

Make Your Child Into a Burrito
This is a great togetherness activity for kids with sensory integration problems who crave deep pressure but hate being held and hugged.

Five Ways to Have Fun With Body Sox
The stretchy fabric bags can be all kinds of fun for kids with sensory integration challenges. Here are five ways to get started.

Helping Children Feel All Right About Themselves
In an excerpt from "Sensory Integration and the Child," A. Jean Ayres explains how parents can help children with sensory integration problems feel safe, accepted, and understood.

Hugs Are a Parent's Secret Weapon
Need to stop a misbehaving child or short-circuit a meltdown? Try a hug! Hugging your child can provide strong sensory input that helps your little one regain calm and control.

Chores for Children With Sensory Issues
In an excerpt from "Mixed Signals," occupational therapist Mary Lashno recommends chores that both giving your child the experience of being responsible and provide some useful sensory input.

Five Ways to Inspire Reluctant Artists
If your child finds artwork hard work, you don't have to give up on this powerful creative outlet. Try these solutions to set the artist inside your little one free.

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