Understanding Your Child’s Sensory System

Understanding Your Child’s Sensory System

We all experience the world through sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. We also use two more senses that aren’t talked about as often: proprioception (awareness of your body in space) and the vestibular sense (the inner ear processes information about movement, gravity, and balance). Each sense is not experienced equally. For example, if your child seeks sensory input in one category that does not necessarily mean they will seek input in other categories the same way. Some people react when just a little stimulus is given and others need a lot of stimuli to react.Continue reading

Spring Sensory Slime

This unseasonably warm weather has us wanting to jump ahead to the next season! Get ready for spring with our DIY spring sensory slime recipe. Not only is it fun, making sensory slime with your child creates opportunities to practice reading, following directions, simple math skills, measuring and pouring, and impulse control. This activity is perfect for working toward decreasing tactile sensory aversions through a novel texture.

Spring slime with green shamrocks

Clear glue and shamrock confetti were used in this photo.

Sensory Slime Recipe:

  • 1/2 cup of clear glue or white glue  (Elmer’s washable school glue works well)
  • 1/2 cup of liquid starch
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • Measuring cup
  • 1 bowls and a spoon
  • Clean, dry container or plate
  • Add-In Options: Food coloring, confetti, glitter

Provides Opportunity to Practice:

  • Reading/Following directions
  • Simple math skills
  • Measuring and pouring
  • Impulse control
  • Decreasing tactile sensory aversions

Steps to Get SLIMED!

  1. In one bowl mix ½ cup of water and ½ cup of glue. Mix thoroughly with spoon until combined.
  2. Add food coloring, confetti, glitter, or all 3 to the glue and water mixture.  Keep stirring until uniformly distributed. (Note: When adding food coloring, use white glue for lighter colors and clear glue for darker colors.)
  3. Pour in a ½ cup liquid starch, you will see the slime start to quickly form. Start kneading and squishing it with your hands until the liquid has been incorporated in the slime.  Make sure there is no unmixed glue hiding in the center of your slime.
  4. Slime is ready for play but the consistency will change from stringy to smooth over the next 30 minutes.  Store your slime in a clean, dry container or ziplock bag. It should last for several weeks.

Therapist Hints:

*Place small items in the slime for your child to find and dig out (i.e. little beads or legos).
*Use white glue to help hide items inside.
*If your child is aversive to the texture model playing with it.
* Allow your child to wipe their hands as often as they want during play.

Slime recipe and picture from: http://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/liquid-starch-slime-easy-sensory-play-recipe/

Team TheraPLACE is looking for team members for the 2017 Louisville Polar Plunge!

Cartoon Polar Bear Diving into Water (January 11, 2017) – TheraPLACE Learning Center is pleased to announce its participation in the 2017 Polar Plunge supporting Special Olypmics Kentucky (SOKY). This is the first year for our participation and Team TheraPLACE is looking for team members. To join us in Taking the Plunge or to make a donation, please click on the following link, http://2017louisvilleplunge.kintera.org/teamtheraplace

The Polar Plunge is one of the biggest Special Olympics fundraisers of the year. The Special Olympics is the world’s largest program of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Participation is open to individuals eight years of age or older. If you would like to know more about Special Olympics Kentucky, please click on this link, http://soky.org/

DIY Indoor Obstacle 2017

Tame Cabin Fever With An Indoor Obstacle Course

Brisk wind and snow flurries have us all running for the comfort of the great indoors. Get moving this winter with a fun indoor obstacle course. You and your children can work together to transform common household items into fun, challenging, and versatile activities for any indoor space. Indoor obstacle courses help with gross and fine motor skills, sequencing, memory, and sensory input, strength, and balance.

Decide on a few simple stations, then add or change stations as children master them. Create stations using household items you currently have such as wash cloths, plastic cups, towels, laundry basket, and blankets. You can create your own stations or do a combination of our ideas with your stations. Below are a few fun ideas for creating your own obstacle course.
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MassMutual “Planning for Dependent with Special Needs” Workshop

MassMutual’s “Planning For Your Dependent With Special Needs” Workshop

 

MassMatual Special Needs PlanningTheraPLACE Learning Center is excited to host MassMutual “Planning For Your Dependent with Special Needs” Workshop on Tuesday, February 28th from 6:00 to 7:30pm.  Our speaker, Gordon Homes, CFP, will present information about various types of financial and estate planning, including: ABLE Act, waiver updates, special needs trusts and guardianship. This workshop is free and open to eveyone. A light supper will be provided. Please RSVP to: Rebecca@theraplacelearning.comContinue reading