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OT-V Episode 10: Sensory Seeking in Children

Entwistle Power Occupational Therapy presents Episode 10 of our Occupational Therapy Video series: Sensory Seeking in Children.

Issues with sensory processing are one of the most common reasons parents seek the services of an Occupational Therapist. One of the most troubling sensory related concerns for parents is when their child is a “sensory seeker.” Sensory seekers are constantly “on the go” as they are attempting to obtain the sensory input that their bodies crave.

In this episode we discuss how an Occupational Therapist can help if you are concerned that sensory seeking may be a problem for your child.

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Does My Child Have A Sensory Issue?

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For some children, their senses may not be sending the information to the brain correctly. Their behavior can look under or over reactive. They may seem fearful or disorganized. they may have problems reaching physical milestones, socializing or learning.
If this sounds like your child he or she may have a Sensory Issue

There’s an explosion in the number of children who have sensory differences affecting their learning behavior. The earlier you can get help for these issues, the better everybody is. It does not make sense to wait and the research is very clear on this, that they’ll grow out of it is a fallacy. We usually think of 5 senses: Sight, Sound, Touch, Smell, Taste but there are actually 2 more senses that are very important. One of them is the sense that tells us about our body position. If you put your hand behind your back and spread your fingers apart you would know that your hand is in that position because of the information from your muscles and joints. This sense is called proprioception. And we have another sense that gives us information about movement. It helps us to move in a smooth coordinated way. To maintain our balance and to adjust our eyes while we are moving. This is called the vestibular sense. We’re all constantly taking in sensory information and using that sensory information that we’re getting from the world around us. And some of us might be better in some areas than others like some people might have really good hearing or better vision while other people might have better body position sense or movement sense but we’re all pretty much able to hopefully be functional. And that’s what we’re looking for the children we’re treating. Sometimes it’s hard to tell what a Sensory Issue looks like because no two children with a sensory issue act exactly the same way. Parents are typically the first to notice that their child might be doing things differently.

Every day, our brains effortlessly take in millions of pieces of information from the outside world to help us learn, play and work
For most of us, these messages enter the body through our senses, and speed like a fast train to the right places in the brain to help us react
For some children these messages don’t have a smooth trip. The train gets stuck, follows the wrong signals, or moves slowly along the tracks
There are times when others are interpreting these behaviors as being malicious. Often they’re accused of purposefully breaking toys or being too aggressive, and not being invited on play dates or to birthday parties or even wanting to interact on the playground
You can have a child that is very sensitive to say auditory or sounds. And it might look to people around them that they’re not really paying attention. When actually what they are doing is that they are paying attention too much
It was more frustrating, definitely, before we knew, because then we were like, why is he behaving like that, and why is he, you know, why is he acting up like that?
He didn’t like the unexpectedness of being splashed, really stayed away from sprinklers, swimming pools. Taking a shower was just something that we couldn’t even think about doing for him
One of the ways I describe sensory difficulties to parents is by talking about getting glasses. You know because everybody goes to an optometrist for an eye check and if you don’t see 20/20 the optometrist will give you glasses. And that’s a wonderful way to uh change your visual perception you know the way you see. Um, but we don’t have glasses for the other senses. That’s were sensory integration intervention comes in because we try to provide activities that will enhance the way the child perceives those kind of sensory inputs

Watch this video to learn possible signs of sensory integration issues.




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TODDLER SENSORY PLAY ACTIVITIES. Today I am sharing different ways to stimulate your child’s senses with sensory play! Sensory play is so important for a childs development so I hope you enjoy this video and it inspires you to recreate some of these activities with your own toddler! If you are new here, welcome! I am a mama of a toddler girl (Scarlett, age 2) and we live in sunny AZ! SUBSCRIBE HERE →


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Strategies to help Children with Sensory Problems or Anxiety

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Tactile activities for a child with sensory processing issues | Sensory diet at home | Reena Singh

In this video, I have shared tactile activities for sensory diet. Some of these exercises can be done at home to reinforce therapy gains when you are working with your Occupational therapist.


The information provided here is for informational purposes only and is not a replacement for medical advice from a physician or your pediatrician. Please consult with a medical professional if you suspect any medical or developmental issues with your child. The information does not replace the relationship between therapist and client in a one-on-one treatment session with an individualized treatment plan based on their professional evaluation.Do not rely on the information on this video as an alternative to advice from your medical professional or healthcare provider. You should never delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice, or discontinue medical treatment as a result of any information provided here. All activities outlined in the video are designed for completion with adult supervision.

To learn more about what to do at home as a sensory diet, you can attend my parent training…. This is conducted every 2 months for parents who wish to learn more and follow the sensory diet at home.

Reena Singh is a trained Occupational Therapist and founder of Khushi Pediatric Therapy Centre in Mumbai-India. She works with families of kids with special needs and kids who have emotional and behavioral challenges. With 18 years of experience, Reena works intuitively with kids and their families using an eclectic approach.

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Learn about sensory processing disorder and how our sensory system works when it comes to our sense of touch. Learn proven strategies to implement for children with sensory processing disorder.

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In this video I go over sensory processing disorder. This sensory system video dives into our sense of touch. How sensory integration happens with this system and sensory integration disorder. Sensory processing is a complex cascade of events and sensory overload can happen when the brain processes information incorrectly. Occupational therapy can help with sensory issues and tactile defensiveness. What is sensory integration, you ask? Watch this video. This can also help those who want to learn about sensory overload autism. Or maybe sensory issues autism, and even those who want to start a sensory diet, or learn more about sensory integration therapy. I start the conversation regarding sensory integration activities after covering the sensory integration dysfunction. This video is about sensory processing disorder explained. Thank you for watching kids ot help.


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Did you know that often times when your child becomes bored of various toys it is because their sensory needs are not being met? Learn how to help stimulate your child’s senses by making a simple sensory bin. Chances are, it will keep your kiddos entertained for a long time to come. 🙂

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Sensory Play For Autism

Sensory play is a huge benefits for individuals with autism or other sensory needs but most of all it is just fun! In this Sensory play for autism video we share a couple different sensory play ideas incorporated into our day of play.

What is your favourite sensory play activity?

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