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WellCare Pediatrics' Insights on Sensory Diet for Kids

Your child may be getting overwhelmed because of sensory processing issues. One of the ways to combat this is to undergo a sensory diet.

Getting Your Child the Care He or She Needs For Sensory Seeking Issues

Sensory processing issues simply means that one has trouble managing information being received by the various senses in the body. At one end, a child with sensory issues will tend to overreact to the information being received as the sensory stimulations are overwhelming. On the other end of the spectrum, an underactive child may seek out sensory experiences.

This type of condition has detrimental effects to the life of a person experiencing this, especially at a young age. Even more so when it is not addressed in the correct manner.

In this article, we will be discussing one of the many ways you can address a child's sensory seeking issues. This method targets their sensory diet. To learn more about sensory processing issues, you can visit WellCare Pediatrics through this site.

Overwhelmed child (Source: Pixabay)

Sensory Diet

Let us make one thing clear first, the sensory diet has nothing to do with changing the diet of your child or any food at all. Rather, it deals with different physical activities you can make your child do at home or during play.

The goal of a sensory diet is to be able to get your kid into a state that is just right. This "just right" state means that the child is calm and collected. He or she does not feel overwhelmed with any of the information he or she is receiving.

Sensory diet methods include implementing highly organized set of activities that will help your child achieve this state. This will also aid them in communicating with their peers better and help them pay more attention in their classes.

Usual Activities Done

An occupational therapist will give your child a specialized set of activities. The following are just among the many common activities in a sensory diet routine:

  1. Doing a set amount of jumping jacks
  2. Doing therapy ball bouncing
  3. Doing yoga poses for a few seconds, such as the downward dog pose
  4. Using swings on a playground
  5. Hopping up and down
  6. Rolling on a therapy ball face down
  7. Doing some push-ups (can be modified based on the capability of the child)
  8. Climbing up ladders

These routines are generally done by your child with the OT, but they can also be done at home under your watch.

Other Methods To Help Your Child

For sensory diets to be successful, your child must be able to do this even during school hours. The continuity of the diet helps the child improve faster.

It would help to speak with the teacher of your child to provide supervision when you and your therapist are not around.

This is to also help your teacher and the classmates of your child understand their situation to avoid any bullying or conflict that may arise.

A happy child (Source: Pexels)

Getting the Best Care in WellCare Pediatrics

To get the best services for you and your child, choose WellCare Pediatric Therapy as your provider of pediatric home care in Colorado. You can contact us through our hotline 719-598-5555 or you can visit our site. We offer free screenings as well.

With the help of our well trained occupational therapists, you can help your child in more ways than one. Together, we will help your child to not be overwhelmed with any sensory processing issues.