Organization is an important aspect in play, language, social interaction, personal management. It is important to develop a structured approach to tasks at all times, but is even more important for those with language challenges, attention difficulties and learning difficulties.
If a child has difficulties with organization they might have difficulty with sensory processing, learning, Self care and independence.
Here are activities OT practices to help child improve their sensory processing.
- This stretchy material gives pressure to the body and helps the child become more aware of where they are in space.
- Adding balls to the kid cocoon is a fun activity to give them even more pressure.
- Listen to the child when they tell you they're done with the sensory activity, or if they are asking for more, give them more input.
If you were doing an activity that is meant to calm the child, but it's having the opposite effect, try to change it up for adaptive to best fit your child, or just stop the activity if you want the child to calm down. Some children respond the opposite of what we might think is a typical reaction to a sensory activity.
This activity is good for anytime when you feel the child has a lot of energy, and you want to focus his energy more appropriately, or give them something active to do. It can also be good before typical transitions, or to help calm them down before they need to sit for a length of time, like eating dinner.
- This is good for children, who don't want to get all the way inside of this stretchy material.
It also is great for bilateral coordination and hand strengthening. They can use their upper body to hold on to this, and pull these ribbons tight. You can jump in it, you can lie on the floor and make snow angels in it. It's really good for deep pressure for their bodies.
When doing activities, children are tend to have meltdowns. there are several ways on how to deal with this first.
It is okay to have a child take a break from an activity, if they are upset or frustrated. After the kid was given a break and have organized her body. She'll come back to join the activity with no fuss.
As they learns how to self regulate it becomes easier to use words to express needs, instead of crying or acting