Try looking around in your community to see what types of activities are available for children and youth with disabilities.  In this example, we use a sensory park as a perfect example of a no-cost option to engage a child in play that is also sensory stimulating. What you learn and know about a person’s senses is important to understanding the accommodations that can be made in the home, school and work environment.

Be sure to remember that PLAY can also have a PURPOSE. Learning about each child's individual sensitivities can help to develop support  and personal program plans. In the picture examples, you will see various sensory stimulant options. It is important to recognize what a child enjoys and shy’s away from. For example, if a child has no  interest in playing on the swings and prefers to climb through small spaces, you may be able to see a pattern of sensory control.  The child may feel safer and more comfortable in an environment that is more rooted and closed in, which could be key to understanding how best to put the child down to bed or help him to calm down after a tantrum.  Not every experience will explain a behavior or provide a strategy, however over time patterns will emerge and your creativity will lead the way to effective strategies.


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