Indoor Sensory Play For Winter Months

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INDOOR SENSORY PLAY FOR WINTER MONTHS

• Wheelbarrow walk with or without assistance; the child will lie on his/her stomach and walk forward, then backward on the hands without falling off the ball • Lift ball high above head to throw, bounce, or roll to parent, sibling, or friend • "Push, push, push" the therapy ball against the parent or sibling while in a kneeling position, using arms, or lying on the back using legs • Wheelbarrow walk with or without assistance; the child will lie on his/her stomach and walk forward, then backward on the hands without falling off the ball Superman: Lie on stomach; hold arms and legs straight out and off the floor. Try to hold this position as long as possible. Rollie Pollies: Lie on back; bend knees toward head, crunching the trunk up as much as possible while holding legs. Roll back and forth and side to side, trying to keep head and knees close together. Chair Lift-Offs: Sit on a hard chair with back straight. Put hands on the edges, by hips, with thumbs pointing forward. Push arms HARD until bottom lifts off the chair. Try to hold this position as long as possible. Sampson: Stand by a blank wall, facing forward. Back up about 4

The winter months can be a challenging time for children with sensory processing disorder. The opportunity for outdoor play may be limited. Children and parents may inadequately become over-reliant on using technology such as television, computers and iPads, which don't provide the vital body-oriented and movement options needed to address the sensory and behavioral challenges their children experience. There are however alternatives to explore that are fun, inexpensive, motivating and therapeutic. A child's primary preoccupation is play, and children learn best about their world by moving through it. Purposeful movement will calmand organize the over-responsive and sensory-seeking child, and will alert the under-responsive one. The key elements for purposeful, play-basedmovement are: to be child-directed, motivating and FUN! Here are some suggestions for sensory-based activities to try at home: CALMING & ORGANIZING ACTIVITIES ("HEAVY WORK") These will aid sleeping, calm a child down, prepare the child to go out into the community and help attain and maintain an alert state for schoolwork. Large Therapy Ball Activities & Games:

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