Expert Tips on Swinging
Sensory Processing in a child with autism can be perceived, processed and understood differently. This can sometimes make it a challenge for these children because of a heightened or decreased sense when dealing with visual, tactile, auditory, olfactory, vestibular and proprioceptive responses. Giving kids movement and feedback for these senses can assist with focus and allow them to get the input they need. Linear Rocking for example is usually calming to the sensory system and is a good sensory tool to help with self-regulation.
Expert Tips on Movement
Up, down and all around…Vestibular input is one of the core elements of good sensory processing. The vestibular system gives us information about movement gravity and changing head positions. It helps us prepare our posture, maintain our balance, properly use our vision, calm ourselves and regulate our behavior. Children need movement like swinging, jumping, spinning and rocking to help their bodies organize and to regulate their sensory systems. Sometimes children are over or under reactive to vestibular input so be sure to work with your OT or PT to find that just right balance of movement.