Children's Occupational Therapy - That makes sense

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Understand and support your child's sensory processing needs

A series of videos to help you understand and support your child's sensory processing needs

Part 1: What is sensory processing?

Most people might know that ‘sensory’ describes something as being experienced through our senses. But how does this actually work? What might someone do or how might they react that indicates that they struggle with processing sensory information? This session aims at answering these and other questions.

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Part 2: The senses (touch, sight, hearing)

In this session you will be introduced to the neuroscience of the senses that give us information about the world around us: touch, sight and sounds. We also explore strategies for these senses when someone feels easily over-stimulated or, on the other side of the scale, seems to not be aware of these environmental signals.

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Part 3: Special senses

The senses we might be less aware of are the sensory signals within our body. In this session we will look at the senses that register when we are on the go, how we move our body, as well as internal signals such as hunger, needing the toilet and feeling upset.

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Part 4: How sensory needs affect anxiety, focus and self-regulation

In this session we explore how our ability to register and make sense of the world around us and our own body enables us to be content and focussed. We also look at how sensory processing difficulties can cause feeling anxious and unsettled. Most importantly we will provide you with strategies to help you and your child understand their behaviour and identify ways to help them feel more regulated.

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Part 5: Managing everyday activities

Sensory processing difficulties can affect everyday activities. In this session we discuss the influence of these challenges on toileting, getting dressed, sleep and meal times. We also look at practical strategies to make these times of the day less stressful and on how you can teach your child new practical skills.

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That Makes Sense Workbook

That Makes Sense Workbook.docx [docx] 1MB

This workbook is for parents and carers to print off and go through as they watch the videos.