Your child was diagnosed with autism, PDD-NOS or Asperger Syndrome
If your child was diagnosed with autism, PDD-NOS or Asperger Syndrome, or suspected of having any of these, it can be difficult for your child to process the information from sensory stimuli.
Many children are troubled by too many stimuli, which makes it difficult for them to respond to their environment or to people. They often dislike being touched and being moved. Sounds often bother them.
As a response some children become restless or start making noises themselves in order to be less bothered by stimuli from their environment. It is also possible that they do not react to stimuli that they should in fact react to.
If they react to sensory stimuli and process them in games and other activities it will help them to be less bothered by these stimuli. It is important to find a way to touch and move your child, although this may not always be easy.
The following activities and games may be suitable:
- Domestic activities
- Activities with both hands
- Provide enough physical exercise
- The use of weights
- The use of vibrating material
- Sitting on a ball or ball cushion
- Sitting on a ball and moving to music
- Exercise pressure with a ball
- Lying on top of different materials
- Swaddling or wrapping up in a blanket
- Something to feel
- Hiding in a playhouse or under a large piece of cloth
- Playing in a box
- Playing with shaving cream
- Playing with chestnuts
- Massage with different materials
- The use of the foot massage bath
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